HC holds Electricity Department accountable for death of employee on duty, directs department to pay compensation of Rs 4.5 lakh to the petitioner

HC holds Electricity Department accountable for death of employee on duty, directs department to pay compensation of Rs 4.5 lakh to the petitioner

In a milestone judgement, Chhattisgarh High Court has said that the electricity department will be responsible if anyone dies of electrocution after coming in contact with high-tension wire. High Court Justice Gautam Bhaduri pronounced this verdict while hearing a two-year-old case in which an employee of the Electricity Department died of electrocution. The Justice also directed CREDA to pay Rs 4.5 lakh compensation to the petitioner.

One Ravindra Sahu dies of electrocution in 2019

According to the petitioner, Omprakash’s son Ravindra Kumar Sahu was working in Chhattisgarh Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA) which comes under the Electricity Department of the State Government. Ravindra died after coming in contact with a high-tension live electricity wire during the duty on December 12, 2019. Omprakash had submitted an application to the Electricity Department for compensation after losing his young son, but unfortunately the department did not pay any heed. Omprakash then filed a petition in the High Court against the Department through advocates Sushobhit Singh, Kumar Sahu and Chandra Kumar.

Comes under principles of ‘Strict Liability’

Advocate Sushobhit Singh informed the Court during the hearing that any organisation department or company should be responsible if they make their employee work of dangerous nature and possibility of life threat cannot be ruled out. Such work should be comes under the principle of ‘Kathor Dayietva’ (Strict Liability).  The advocates presented the case citing a verdict of the Supreme Court in Madhya Pradesh vs Shail Kumari matter. After which the Court accepted the petition and directed that the agency should pay a compensation of Rs 4.5 lakh to the petitioner.

Applicable in case of common man

Advocate Sushobhit Singh said that the Electricity Company will be accountable for the death of a person if he or she dies of electrocution after coming in contact with high-tension live wire.