Kochi, Feb. 1 (PTI): The Kerala High Court today directed the CPI(M) and its youth wing – Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) – to pay a compensation of Rs 10,500 to a man who suffered loss when his textile shop was damaged during a strike called by the organisation.
The direction was issued by a Division Bench, comprising Justice J B Koshy and Justice V Ramkumar, on a writ petition filed by the Merchants Association of Kodungalloor and C K Rajan, seeking compensation for the loss suffered by the latter.
The bench directed that the compensation should be paid within a month, failing which the petitioners could initiate appropriate proceedings including contempt of court.
In view of the High Court’s earlier judgement that political parties and organisations who call for strike (hartal) and bandhs and who enforce such calls are liable to pay compensation for the loss suffered by them, "CPI(M) and DYFI ‘vicariously’ are liable to pay compensation to the petitioners," the court held.
Though both CPI(M) and DYFI denied having made a call for hartal, the bench, however, said there was no reason to disbelieve newspaper reports in this regard.