Subhasri’s father moves HC, demands SIT probe & Rs 1 cr compensation

Techie Subhasri’s father, R Ravi, on Wednesday wrote a petition addressed to the Madras High Court stating that the foremost reason for his daughter’s death is the ‘negligent act of the government officials on duty’. Subhashri was killed when an illegal hoarding fell on her on 12 September.

In his petition, Subhasri’s father said the foremost reason for the accident is the negligence of the government officials in their duty and also the inaction of the state government that law enforcing machinery is not preventing or removing the illegal banners.

He has also requested the setting up of a Special Investigation Team to probe the case and also passing of a law to curb the putting up of banners. Ravi has also sought Rs 1 crore as compensation for Subhasri’s death.

“The petitioner submits that the foremost reason for the [accident] and his daughter’s death is negligent act of Govt. officials in their duty. The inaction on the part state that the law enforcing machinery is not preventing or removed the illegally erected unauthorized Digital banner/ Flex board on the day of accident,” states the petition.

On September 12, Subhasri was run over by a water tanker after she fell down from her two-wheeler on being struck by the banner, which was put up as a part of wedding celebration of ruling AIADMK leader Jayagopal’s son, on a bustling street in Chennai.

Subhasri’s father pinned the blame for the accident on the inaction of the state government machinery. He contended that it was the failure of the authorities to remove the illegal banner in question.

“The petitioner submits that on 24.09.2019, he made a representation to the respondents requesting them to pay a sum of Rs.1,00,00,000/- (Rupees One Crore Only) towards compensation of the death of his daughter. Further he requested to constitute a Special Investigation Team (SIT) for conducting the investigation of the death of his daughter. Further he requested to take necessary steps to enact a special Act with maximum punishment to curb the unauthorized/ illegal erecting and display of Digital banners’ and Flex boards and hoardings but till date respondents have not chosen to reply and consider the same,” the petition states.