Updated: April 18, 2021 6:07:56 am
The Delhi High Court has directed the Central government and the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to pay “whatever amount it deems appropriate” to the family of Subhan Ali, a 27-year-old Indian Engineering Services (IES) officer with the BRO who went missing in June.
On June 22 last year, Ali, a native of Balrampur district in UP, had gone missing after the vehicle in which he was travelling with a driver fell into the Drass river from the Zozila-Kargil-Leh road. After working as a Junior Engineer at DDA, Subhan joined the BRO in January 2020. Leh was his first posting.
While hearing a petition filed by Ali’s father seeking the court’s direction to find his son and financial assistance to his family, Justice Manmohan and Justice Asha Menon on Thursday directed the Central government to file a counter affidavit within four weeks and listed the matter for hearing on July 28.
During the hearing, the counsel for the petitioner said that Ali’s family was facing financial hardship as they were totally dependent on the younger son. The counsel said the government and BRO “have neither paid any salary nor provided the petitioner’s family with any financial assistance”.
The counsel added that the family should be paid the full salary on the ground that “Ali is only missing as of now”.
Bhagvan Swarup Shukla, the standing counsel of the Centre, told the court that as soon as documents signed by Ali’s wife were received, the family pension, as well as terminal benefits, would be given to them.
Speaking to The Sunday Express, Ali’s brother Sahban expressed hoped that the authorities followed the court order. “We were forced to move the court as a last resort. We were not satisfied with the search operation. It was like the officials gave up looking for Ali after three days. We ran run from pillar to post seeking help. We have been struggling financially as we relied heavily on Ali and spent a lot of money during the search operation,” he added.
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