The Madras High Court has enhanced the compensation awarded for the loss of a school going boy by increasing the notional annual income awarded by the tribunal from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.
“In a case where a school going boy at 14 years died in an accident, Rs 30,000 is considered as reasonable notional annual income and thereupon the ratio laid down by Apex Court needs to be applied,” Justice Raja said while enhancing the compensation from Rs 2.53 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs with interest at 7.5 per cent as awarded by the tribunal.
The counsel appearing for the appellants had cited a case relating to a deceased who was 10-year-old. He was assisting his parents in their agricultural occupation. Based on this, the Supreme Court had observed that if the deceased boy had been alive, he would have certainly contributed substantially to the family by working hard. In view of this, it would be just and reasonable to take his notional income at Rs 30,000 and further taking the young age of the parents, at the time of accident, the multiplier of 15 can be applied.
“This court also agrees with the same, accordingly, this court finding no impediment, is inclined to fix a sum of Rs 30,000 as notional income of the deceased,” Justice Raja added while partly allowing the civil miscellaneous appeal.