Friday, May 14, 2021

Karipur plane crash: Speed up compensation, Kerala HC tells Air India

Kochi: The Kerala high court has asked the central government and Air India Express Ltd to speed up the payment of compensation to victims of Karipur plane crash last year.

Justice N Nagaresh pointed out that nine months have passed since the accident and said it is improper that action on compensation claims are getting delayed indefinitely. Therefore, sufficient steps should be taken to avoid the delay and provide compensation, the court said.

The court considered petitions filed by Mohammed Mustafa of Palakkad and eight others seeking compensation for the plane crash that occurred on August 7th last year.

In January this year, the high court had directed (in WP-C No. 27970/2020) for giving a compensation of Rs1.51 crore legal heirs of Sharafudeen, who had died in the accident. National Aviation Company Ltd (formerly Air India Corporation) had offered to pay Rs1.51 crore as compensation in response to the petition that had sought a compensation of SDR1,14,231 (around Rs1.20 crore), including SRD1,13,100 (around Rs1.19 crore) as death compensation.

14/05/21 Mahir Haneef/Times of India

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