In a rare incident, Kerala HC pays Rs 2 lakh to petitioner as compensation before hearing

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Thrissur: In a probably first of its kind move, the Kerala High Court demanded a deposit of Rs 2 lakh from a defendant to consider his appeal against a lower court verdict ordering him to pay compensation and handed over the money to the petitioner who sought compensation, before the hearing in the appeal even started.

Tamil Nadu native Hareesh lost his two legs in a lorry accident at Kuthiran, Palakkad, in June 2011. He was accompanying his father Sivakumar, who drove the lorry, to buy jerseys and shoes from Thrissur since he learnt it was cheaper here. He was just 14 years old then.

Hareesh lost both of his legs in the accident and had to spend months in hospital. As his tragic story was reported by the media, many Keralites lent helping hands and covered all his treatment expenses. They also paid Rs 12 lakh for fixing artificial limbs. The Tirupur native is now a postgraduate student.

The MACT (Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal) court ordered the lorry owner to pay Rs 57 lakh. The appeal is now being heard by the HC. An advocate is arguing the case free of cost.

The insurer did not pay the money since it was illegal to carry passengers in heavy goods vehicles.

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