BSES to pay Rs 1 million for man’s death

May 5th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 5 (IANS) A court here Monday ordered the power discom to pay Rs.1 million to the family of a man who died after coming into contact with a poorly maintained electric cable. Additional District Judge Kamini Lau ordered the BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd to compensate the wife of Om Prakash for the latter’s death June 2, 2001 when he suffered electric burns.

Om Prakash was on the terrace of his house when he accidentally came in contact with the electricity wire. He fell unconscious and was declared dead at the Rao Tula Ram Hospital.

The judge said: “You (BSES) are guilty of not maintaining the high voltage wire. The cause of the incident could have been averted if the agency had been more vigilant.”

BSES argued that the wire that caused the death was laid in 1964 when the company did not exist. But the court ordered it to pay the money to Gyano Devi, wife of the deceased.

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