No Relief for Moulivakkam Flat Owners as Madras HC Dismisses Compensation Demand

CHENNAI: Madras High Court has dismissed a petition seeking compensation from the State government by a group of flat buyers in the collapsed Moulivakkam building.

The flat buyers had argued that the government was liable to compensate them since the building collapsed due to failure of the government officials in supervising the building construction.

The under-construction multi-storey building collapsed on June 28 last year, claiming the lives of 61 workers.

However, the first bench, consisting of Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, reasoned that such a claim could only be made as a civil suit, not as a writ petition. Dismissing the petition, the court said the flat buyers may instead approach the  civil courts concerned   to claim the compensation.