Court orders fine of over ₹10+ cr in Bengaluru Metro pillar case

Petitioner Lohitkumar V Sulakhe Files Writ Petition Seeking ₹10 Crore Compensation for Bengaluru Metro Pillar Accident, Alleges BMRCL Negligence
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Latest Bengaluru Updates: The High Court of Karnataka has taken action on a heart-wrenching petition filed by Lohitkumar V Sulakhe, who suffered an unimaginable loss in the Namma Metro pillar collapse incident earlier this year. His wife, Tejaswini L Sulakhe (26), and their young son, Vihan, tragically lost their lives when an under-construction metro pillar collapsed near Nagavara on January 10, 2023.

Seeking justice for his beloved family members, Lohitkumar filed a writ petition, demanding a compensation of ₹10 crore, firmly placing the blame on the negligence of the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) authorities. The petitioner expressed dissatisfaction with the ₹20 lakh compensation offered by BMRCL, asserting that it does not adequately reflect the true value of the innocent lives lost.

In his heartfelt plea before Justice Krishna S Dixit, Lohitkumar stressed that the compensation provided was not sufficient, as it failed to acknowledge the inaction, inadequate safety measures, and carelessness displayed by the respondents involved. Highlighting the fact that Tejaswini was the primary breadwinner, earning Rs. 75,748 per month, the petition underlined the significant impact of her loss on the family's financial stability.

Moving into a recently purchased flat on loan, the victim's family faced financial challenges compounded by the devastating accident. As a result, the petition sought a just compensation of ₹10 crore to address the immense emotional and financial hardship caused by the tragedy.

The court has issued notices to various parties, including the state government, BMRCL, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Nagarjuna Construction Company's MD, Chief Engineer, Operation Engineer, and its project manager, allowing them to present their responses and objections.

The case now stands adjourned, with hope that justice will prevail and bring some solace to Lohitkumar's shattered life.