The Supreme Court Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee ordered that four Endosulfan victims be given compensation of Rs.5 lakh each in a contempt petition filed by the four affected persons. The Apex Court frowned on the State of Kerala’s reluctance to follow its earlier order.
The petitioner contended that the Kerala government had failed to provide compensation to the victims of the insecticide Endosulfan used in various plantations and had caused grievous health problems to residents in the district of Kasargode in the state of Kerala. A Government Order (GO) passed in December 2012 by the state government just remained on paper.
The petitioner also pointed to the disobedience of the State Government to the Supreme Court’s order passed in January, 2017 wherein the Apex Court had directed the State to pay Rs.5 lakhs each to all the affected persons within 3 months.
The Apex Court observed the State Government had no justification for denying the payment of compensation to the victims and ordered the State to release the amount of Rs.5 lakh each within two months, failing which the petitions had the liberty to apply for revival of the contempt proceedings.
Advocate Kaleeswaram Raj appeared for the petitioners, while Standing Counsel G. Prakash represented the State of Kerala.