Hc To Bbmp: Issue Death Cert Of Man Washed Away In 2017 | – Times of India



Bengaluru: More than six years after her husband S Shanthakumar was washed away in a stormwater drain (SWD) during heavy rain and his body remained untraceable, SP Saraswathi is set to get his death certificate.
The high court recently directed BBMP to issue her the document. “Necessary institutional mechanism could be put in place to have a checks-and-balances system for issuance of death certificate in cases where the body is not found, by taking approval of higher authorities. While granting such permission, the reasons for doing so could be recorded. The corporation authorities can’t choose to keep quiet and deprive the petitioner of her husband’s death certificate,” Justice Suraj Govindaraj observed in his order.
An excavator operator, Shanthakumar was working in a stormwater drain (SWD) in Mahalakshmi Layout police station limits on May 20, 2017 when he was washed away. His body couldn’t be traced and police filed a report saying so. BBMP ordered a compensation of Rs 10 lakh, which was paid to Saraswathi.
However, when she submitted an application for her husband’s death certificate, BBMP authorities issued an endorsement on January 6, 2018, stating that in terms of Rule 7 of Karnataka Registration of Births and Deaths Rules, a certificate on cause of death is required to be issued for grant of death certificate. Saraswathi moved the high court against the endorsement.

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