The apex court on Tuesday refused to stay a High Court order that directed the government to pay Tk 20 lakh as compensation to the parents of Jihad, a four-year-old child who died falling down a 300-foot well shaft in Shahjahanpur area of Dhaka in 2014.
Therefore, Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence and the railway department have to pay Tk 20 lakh to the parents by January 22 next year.
The chamber judge, Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain fixed February 5 next year for hearing the leave to appeal petition.
“The Appellate Division Chamber Judge Court didn’t stay the High Court order for giving Jihad’s family Taka 20 lakh in compensation. So the verdict is still valid,” said advocate Md Abdul Halim.
The HC verdict will remain enforced until further order of the SC.
On December 26, 2014, Jihad fell into an opened well shaft while playing with other children in Shahjahanpur Railway Colony.
His body was pulled out the following day, shortly after the government agencies called off the rescue bid, saying there was no sign of the boy inside the well.
On February 26, four people were sentenced, including three engineers of Bangladesh Railway, to 10 years’ imprisonment in a case filed over the death of Jihad.
The court came up with the compensation order as advocate Halim filed a writ for Children Charity Bangladesh Foundation, seeking court’s direction for giving Jihad’s family Taka 30 lakh in compensation.