Saturday, August 09, 2014

Law is an ass

Law is not an ordinary ass; it is an abominable ass. In the year 1989, a huge fire broke out during the celebration of Founder's Day of Tata Steel in Jamshedpur. 60 persons died in the mishap and over 100 were gravely injured.

The company deposited Rs.6.95 crore in the court as its earnest effort to compensate the families of victims. Of course, the loss was too grave to be monetarily compensated.

Criminal proceedings were initiated against company officials for negligence which led to the fire accident. The Supreme Court on 8th August quashed the criminal proceedings because the complaint was barred by limitation as it was filed three months after the offence came to the knowledge of the inspector. It is strange that criminality can be extinguished by mere lapse of time before a complaint could be lodged.

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