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Attach Thoothukudi Collector's Car for Delaying Relief: Court

Published: 07th December 2014 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2014 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

THOOTHUKUDI:  A sub court here has ordered the confiscation of the District Collector’s official car and a tempo traveller belonging to the police department in connection with an accident case, at Thoothukudi on Friday.

The case which occurred in 2001 had resulted in the death of a 22-year-old youth.

Judge Nagarajan, in his order, said that since the district administration had failed to provide the compensation as ordered by the High Court to the family of the youth, the government vehicle involved in the case should be confiscated.

Earlier, Thoothukudi Collector was added as party 1 and Superintendent of Police as party 2 in the case.

The judge ordered that the vehicles should be confiscated before January 2, 2015. Speaking to Express, Periyasamy, the defence counsel, said that in 2001, Sadhakathullah of Thoothukudi, who was on his way to college, was fatally knocked down by the government vehicle belonging to the Collector.

Though the car belonged to the Collector, the officer was not present in the car at the time of the accident, the counsel added.

Periyasamy said that even though the sessions court at Thoothukudi had ordered a compensation of `4.3 lakh to the family, the district administration had not paid the amount.

Instead, the district administration knocked at the doors of the High Court seeking relief from shelling out the compensation to the family members of the deceased, the counsel said, adding that the High Court had not paid heed to the petition.

According to Periyasamy, the High Court had stayed the petition of district administration seeking relief in 2013 and had ordered them to provide compensation to the family.

Periyasamy said that, since the district administration did not pay the compensation even after one year of issuing the orders, the Judge had issued further orders to confiscate the vehicles involved in the accident.

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