The Delhi High Court has issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) on the petition seeking inquiry in Nitisha Negi death case.
Nitisha Negi, the teenage footballer who drowned at Glenelg beach in Adelaide in Australia where she was on tour along with 120 members who were part of Indian contingent participating in the Pacific School Games. The petition moved by Nitisha’s family members also claiming Rs 35 cr as compensation for the death of a promising sportsperson. Justice Vibhu Bakhru has issued a notice to the Centre, the Delhi government, SGFI headed by Olympic Champion Sushil Kumar, and the Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Mayur Vihar, where 15-year-old Nitisha was studying in Class XI.
Petitioner's counsel Wills Mathew told the court that on December 10th after the closure of sporting event, Nitisha and her friends went to the beach where they were drowned while they were taking selfies. While her friends were rescued, Nitisha's body was found later.
According to Wills, the SGFI is not of much help and that the Australian Police informed the petitioner about the accident but not the officials of the team accompanying the players.
The petition demanded that a direction to be issued to the Centre, the Delhi government to conduct an inquiry and to take strict actions against the SGFI officials for their negligence. Along with this the petition demanded of Rs 35 Cr to be given to the petitioner as compensation/ damages.
Other than this, Nitisha's family had sent a legal notice on April 6 to the Centre, the Delhi government, the Government of South Australia and the administrator, Management of Adelaide Glegn Beach, the School Games Federation of India and Rajkiya Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Mayur Vihar.
The notice made clear allegations on Australian counterparts for the negligence for not deploying any lifeguard on the beach.
The State of South Australia clearly denied the allegations by saying that there are warning signs mentioned on the beach and that the state has no obligation to employ lifeguards at the beach and denied any liability.
As the Indian Authorities didn't take any action to the notice which forced the deceased's family to move High Court.
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