Madras High Court awards 63 lakh to Paraplegic man who was a victim of civic body negligence

Madras High Court awards 63 lakh to Paraplegic man who was a victim of civic body negligence

The Madras high court has awarded a compensation of Rs 63 lakh to a man who became paraplegic after a lamppost that was being repaired by the city corporation fell on him.

The Madras High court has stated that the negligence of officials of the Chennai Corporation and the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) forced Ananda Kumar to be confined to a wheelchair.

Calling this forced abstinence a violation of human rights, the court observed that everyone has the right to choose celibacy or matrimony.

In this case, the unfortunate accident is the reason why Kumar has been suffering from paraplegia and made him ineligible to marry and rendered him wheelchair-bound, the court further said.

However, in an appeal, counsel of the city corporation justified that there was no negligence on the part of the civic body and that Kumar was walking furiously on the road at the time of the accident.

N. Ananda Kumar, a carousel operator, became paraplegic in April 2009 after an electric post fell on him at the Marina Beach in Chennai.

The injury happened when the TNEB employees were engaged in removing the old lamp post by welding it.