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Last updated: September 23, 2022 at 14:40 IST

File photo of the Madras High Court.  (PTI)

File photo of the Madras High Court. (PTI)

The judge said a petition for an order under Section 226 of the Constitution before the court was not the appropriate forum for an order for compensation, and advised the couple to turn to the appropriate person with civil jurisdiction.

The Madras High Court has rejected a petition from the parents of S Swathi (24), a technician, who was killed on a platform at Nungambakkam railway station here in 2016, demanding Rs 3 crore as compensation from Southern Railways due to “absolute negligence” on the part of the railway authorities.

Judge R Subramanian dismissed the petition filed by K Santhanakrishnan and his wife, A Ranganayajy, in November 2016, on Thursday.

The judge said a petition for an order under Section 226 of the Constitution before the court was not the appropriate forum for an order for compensation, and advised the couple to turn to the appropriate person with civil jurisdiction.

The parents of the murdered woman claimed that the murder of their thriving young daughter took place in a crowded place in broad daylight. This could have been avoided if the railway authorities, including the Rail Protection Force (RPF), which was obligated to provide security for passengers, acted in a serious manner.

The sheer negligence on their part encouraged the attacker(s) to kill their daughter. Therefore, the Southern Railway is obliged to pay compensation, they claimed.

Swathi was killed at the busy Nungambakkam railway station, sending shock waves across the state. The man accused of her later murder allegedly committed suicide in prison.

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