Statutory compensation is not a charitable act: Madras High Court

The Madras High Court recently increased the compensation previously given by the State to two fishermen whose fishing boats were harmed by Cyclone Gaja in 2018. [S Senthilkumar v. The Director of Fisheries]

In a decision rendered on December 16 by Justice GR Swaminathan of the Madurai Bench, it was determined that, “Compensation paid to citizens under statutory schemes or, government orders is not a “bounty, dole, or charity,” but involves one’s Fundamental rights to life and liberty.”

The State government had given the two fishermen compensation amounts of 12,000 and 17,000 rupees, respectively, but the Court increased those amounts to nearly 1.3 lakh for each of the two fishermen.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.


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