Even as controversies surround the installation of banners to welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping for their informal summit, father of Subhasri, who was fatally runover by a lorry after an AIADMK banner fell on her, has moved the Madras High Court seeking Rs 1 crore as compensation for his daughter’s death.
Subhasri’s father R Ravi of Chrompet has submitted in his plea that the foremost reason behind his daughter’s death was inaction on the part of the law enforcing machinery in either preventing the installation or removing the illegally erected unauthorised digital banner on the day of the accident. He further submitted that the High Court had imposed a ban on digital banners in December 2018 itself and had issued several directions to control and curtail erection of unauthorised Digital banners and flex boards. Besides this, rules and regulations already exist to prevent the unauthorised installation of digital banners. But contrary to this, illegal installation of such banners continues to transpire across the State owing to authorities’ wilful failure in enforcing the law.
Also, noting that Subhasri was highly talented, right from her school days and had been earning Rs 2.2 lakh per annum, Ravi submitted that she had cleared her IELTS exam and was in the process of either pursuing higher studies or working abroad. “I work in a private company and my wife is a home-maker. I had spent a major portion of my income and savings on her and in the hopes that she would take care of us. But now, we have been orphaned,” he said, while seeking the compensation.