Notice to state, Union govts on petition by Malleswaram blast victim

Notice to state, Union govts on petition by Malleswaram blast victim

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday issued notice to the state and Central governments in a contempt petition filed by Leesha, the Malleswaram blast victim, who became disabled after the blast.

Leesha had filed a contempt petition against the state and the Central governments for not complying with the high court orders which had directed the state government to provide a government job and to the Central government to increase the compensation amount from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh. The court issued directions in October, 2016 to comply with the orders in three months.

Though the chief minister had put a note for placing the matter before the Cabinet, no action has been taken so far. The court had also directed the Centre and the state governments to formulate a scheme or legislation to issue compensation to terror victims taking reference from the schemes available in other parts of the world, especially the UK and the USA. A division bench comprising Justice Jayant Patel and Justice N K Sudhindra Rao, issued notice to the state home secretary and to the Union home secretary and adjourned the next hearing to July 6.

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