News UpdatesHospital Releases Dead Body To Wrong Family: Supreme Court Stays NCDRC Order Reducing Compensation Akshita Saxena16 Dec 2020 5:38 AMShare This – x”The habit of passing the operative part and reasoned order after a time gap of eight months deserve to be deprecated.”The Supreme Court on Monday stayed an order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), lowering the compensation granted to a bereaved family from Kerala, who was deprived from performing the last rites of their deceased family member, as his body was released to another family by the hospital. A Bench of Justices RF Nariman and Navin Sinha issued notice to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday stayed an order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), lowering the compensation granted to a bereaved family from Kerala, who was deprived from performing the last rites of their deceased family member, as his body was released to another family by the hospital. A Bench of Justices RF Nariman and Navin Sinha issued notice to the Respondent-hospital and said that there shall be stay on operation of the impugned order. In 2009, the Ernakulam Medical Centre Hospital released the dead body of the Petitioners’ father, Purushothaman, to the family of one Kanthy. Before the mistake could be detected, Kanthy’s family cremated Purushothaman’s body, thus depriving the Petitioners’ from seeing their father for one last time. In such circumstances, the present Petitioners moved the State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, which directed the hospital to pay a compensation of Rs. 25 lakhs with interest, for deficiency in its service. The NCDRC however, in an appeal filed by the hospital, slashed the compensation to Rs. 5 lakhs. A further direction was made to the hospital to pay Rs. 25 lakhs as costs to the Consumer Legal Aid account of the State Commission. The reasoning given by the Apex Commission was that Purushothaman was cremated properly by Kanthy’s relatives; and his ashes were received by the Petitioners for further religious rites. The Petitioners have approached the Top Court against the above order, condemning the “insensitive approach” of the NCDRC. As per the special leave petition, the operative portion of this order was passed by the Commission in July, 2019. However, the full judgment with reasons was delivered only in March 2020. “The habit of passing the operative part and reasoned order after a time gap of eight months deserve to be deprecated,” the Petitioners have averred. It is also stated that the award of Rs. 5 lakhs as compensation is inequitable in light of the mental agony and trauma undergone by the Petitioners, having been deprived of the opportunity to even see their father for the last time. It is further stated that their fundamental rights were infringed as they could not perform the last rites of their father in accordance with the Hindu customs. Senior Advocate V. Chitambaresh, instructed by AoR Karthik Ashok appeared for the Petitioners. Case Title: PR Jayasree & Anr v. Ernakulam Medical Centre & Anr. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A pilot died when a helicopter crashed onto the roof of a Midtown Manhattan building in a hard landing on Monday, filling the air with smoke and clogging the city streets with fire trucks, according to police and fire officials. The pilot, Tim McCormack, was the only person on board the privately owned helicopter, said police and fire officials.No one else was injured in the crash, which took place in the heart of New York City, just blocks from Times Square, according to city officials.It’s believed to be an accident and there’s no indication of terrorism, a senior official with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told ABC News.The cause of the “shocking, stunning incident” is unclear, said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.“There is no ongoing threat to New York City,” the mayor added.The hard landing sparked a fire that has since been extinguished, though officials said fuel is leaking from the Agusta A109E helicopter.The crash — which took place shortly before 2 p.m. — came on a rainy New York afternoon. Both Newark and LaGuardia Airports are in a ground stop due to visibility and thunderstorms, according to the FAA.The pilot took off from the 34th Street heliport on the east side of Manhattan and was heading to Linden, New Jersey, officials said.“This could have been a much worse incident,” the mayor told reporters. “Thank God no other people were injured.”The building — the AXA Equitable Building — is located at 787 Seventh Ave., between 51st and 52nd Streets.It’s a busy area of Midtown Manhattan, just below Central Park South, filled with business towers.The building is roughly between Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall, a few blocks southeast of Columbus Circle and southwest of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.Shauna Farrell said she was in a meeting on the 36th floor of the building “when a window fell through and we heard a loud whizzing sound of a motor.”Then she said she felt the crash, prompting herself and others on the floor to get out of the building.“We ran down. I think we were the first floor to evacuate, actually, because we felt it so quickly,” Farrell told ABC News.“There was already FDNY on the scene. We were kind of just running away from the building as quickly as we could,” she said.Steven Gartner was on the 42nd floor of the building when he said he heard “a buzz and a bang — and then the entire building shook.”His colleagues “were anxious,” he told ABC News, but all managed to evacuate through the stairwell without panicking.Though the crash appeared to be accidental, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters, “If you’re a New Yorker, you have a level of PTSD from 9/11 … So as soon as you hear an aircraft hit a building, I think my mind goes where every New Yorker’s mind goes.”The president is monitoring the situation, according to a White House official.“Phenomenal job by our GREAT First Responders who are currently on the scene,” President Donald Trump tweeted. “THANK YOU for all you do 24/7/365! The Trump Administration stands ready should you need anything at all.”The AXA Equitable Building was built in 1985 and has 51 stories and 1.8 million square feet, according to commercial real estate website Compstak. It contains offices for asset management firms and law firms and a software company, according to the site. A Citibank and sandwich shop Pret a Manger are also housed in the building.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAl Powers / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Tom Brady is one of the many athletes giving back during the novel coronavirus pandemic.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced he is donating 10 million meals to Feeding America on Thursday to help those in need during this time.The donation was made through Brady’s partnership with private aviation company Wheels Up for its “Meals Up” initiative. Proud to partner with @WheelsUp for their #MealsUp Initiative to supply 10 million meals to @FeedingAmerica. https://t.co/Pa4ctCEF1G— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) April 2, 2020Feeding America expressed their appreciation for his contribution in a tweet. “Such an amazing gift! Thank you, Tom, for helping us get much-needed meals to our neighbors during this uncertain time,” the nonprofit organization posted.The “Meals Up” initiative was launched in part by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife singer Ciara with Wheels Up.The couple pledged to donate 10 million meals with the aviation company to Feeding America.“The reality is that a lot of people are facing tough, tough times right now, and we’re all facing it in different ways,” Wilson said while appearing on CNBC Tuesday. “There is going to be people let go of their jobs. I think about the young kids across the country that may not have a mom or a dad, or their family situation may not be the best financially, and they’re going to be looking for food.” Humbled for @Ciara & I to partner with @WheelsUp on the “Meals Up” Initiative in pledging 10 Million Meals to @FeedingAmerica. https://t.co/BPR7H60Bx7 pic.twitter.com/YQORNahQcZ— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) March 31, 2020Every dollar donated to Feeding America’s food banks can provide at least 10 meals.Check out some other famous figures who are raising awareness to food banks and various relief initiatives here. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by April 3, 2020 /Sports News – National Tom Brady donates 10 million meals through Wheels Up partnership amid COVID-19