HC registers suo moto case to find if floods were man-made

Kochi : The Kerala High Court on Thursday registered a suo moto case to examine widespread allegations that the recent flooding that devastated the state was a result of criminal negligence on part of state authorities.

The case has its basis in a letter send to Justice V Chitambaresh alleging serious lapses of part of the ruling govt in the matter. Chalakudy was of the worst-hit places in the state.

Chalakudy native NR Joseph wrote to Justice Chitambaresh alleging how the flood that killed over 400 people was man-made and should be considered a criminal offence.

The state has suffered an estimate of Rs 20,000 crore, the letter says and goes to urge investigations to find lapses on part of ministers and officials related to issuing alerts regarding rains and opening different dams.

The letter reportedly contains facts and figures to support the allegation and seeks adequate compensation for the losses suffered by people.

“It cannot be let to the discretion of very Government that caused this catastrophe,” the letter says.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Hrishikesh Roy will take up the case on Friday.


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