SC notice to AI on Mangalore crash
Salam`s son was working in Dubai and was coming home a month after his sister`s wedding. Salam approached the apex court challenging the verdict of a division bench of Kerala High Court which had set aside a single judge order directing Air India to pay a minimum compensation of Rs 75 lakh to the families of each of the victims.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for the petitioner pleaded the court that the victims` families should be compensated according to the Montreal Convention to which India is a signatory.
According to the Montreal Convention, the petitioners are entitled to have one lakh SDR (Special Drawing Rights) compensation. SDRs are issued by the International Monetary fund and covert to nearly Rs 75 lakh.
One hundred and fifty-eight passengers and crew onboard the Air India aircraft from Dubai were killed when the plane caught fire after one of its wings hit a hillock at Kenjar in Mangalore on May 22, 2010.