Telecom Dept negligence: HC orders Rs 8 lakh compensation to boy
Swaroop Shetty, a high school student, fell into a trench dug by the Telecom department and was seriously injured. The High Court concluded that the trench displayed no danger board or signal and that amounted to negligence of duty from the authorities. The Court upheld the compensation of Rs 8 lakhs awarded by the Kasargod sub court dismissing the appeal filled by the department.
The incident happened in 1998. The trench was dug by the department on Uppala Kodibal road for telecom work. When he fell and sustained serious injuries he was rushed to the hospital. His spinal cord was damaged. Even after treatment he could not continue with his studies. He was completely laid up and suffered disability. His parents had to spend considerable amount for treatment.
The HC observed that the careless and negligent act and failure to perform the duty promptly by the department had not only shattered the life of the young boy but also his family. The Kasargod sub court awarded compensation rightly considering the harm caused to the boy and appreciating the entire aspects involved in the case.
The medical reports proved that the talented boy was pushed into bed forever due to the serious injuries caused by the officers of the department who tried to shift the responsibility on the contractor who did the work but the court totally rejected it. Leaving a trench uncovered, unattended in a dangerous manner without a sign board to caution the pedestrians adequately prove the failure to discharge the duty of the department. So the department as well as other defendants are guilty of negligence for causing physical injuries to the student and untold sufferings to him and his family as well as financial loss to the family. With such observations the High court confirmed the lower court judgment awarding compensation to the boy.