Saturday, December 26, 2015

Air India technician’s widow can move court, seek damages, say legal experts

The death of an Air India service engineer due to a pilot revving up an aircraft engine even before he had moved to a safe zone at Mumbai airport smacks of gross negligence, said legal experts.
The action of the pilot and other supervisory staff who need to be alert, is, prima facie, reason enough for the family of Ravi Subramanium, the technician who lost his life, to move court for exemplary damages and compensation, they said.
Subramanium (52), considered by his colleagues to be meticulous at work, had no chance to duck or hold on to anything to save himself, as he got sucked into the engine of the aircraft on December 16, leaving his dismembered, disfigured remains, a grieving family and a shocked society.
While AI handed out a cheque of Rs 5 lakh as "full and final payment" towards ex gratia to his grieving widow on December 21, a lawyer has advised the family not to accept the amount as full and final payment.
She also received Rs 6.17 lakh as gratuity and Rs 2 lakh from Indian Airlines, Mumbai, towards salary dues.
The Indian Pilots' Guild also gave her Rs 10 lakh as a "gesture of support to the family". Captain Aditya Dhillon, general secretary of the guild, wrote to the widow to "accept a token during this extremely difficult time".
26/12/15 Swati Deshpande/The Times Of India
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