Navy couple’s struggle for justice for their four-and-half year old son
   Date :01-Dec-2019
 
NEW DELHI :
 
The child died after falling from the sixth-floor balcony of their home, due to the faulty grille, in the naval officers' colony in Dabolim in Goa. 
 
IN A relief to a defence officer couple who have been seeking justice for their child, who fell to his death from a balcony due to faulty construction, the Bombay High Court at Goa has asked the Ministry of Defence why action was being delayed in the case. Lieutenant Colonel Narendra Taralkar and Surgeon Lieutenant Trishna Taralkar have been running from pillar to post for the last three years in their quest for justice for their four-and-half year old son Atharva Taralkar. The child died after falling from the sixth-floor balcony of their home, due to the faulty grille, in the naval officers’ colony in Dabolim in Goa.
 
The aggrieved parents breathed a sigh of relief last week after the High Court issued a bailable arrest warrant against the Deputy Defence Secretary for not responding to the court's query regarding delay in taking the decision to approve or deny prosecution sanction of the project manager (a Lieutenant Colonel rank officer) who was in charge of the Married Accommodation Project (MAP) branch in the MoD.
 
The High Court in its order stated: “We issue a bailable warrant in an amount of Rs 15,000 to secure the presence of A. K. Tewari, Deputy Secretary (AG-I), New Delhi. The Registrar (Judicial) of this Court to take necessary steps for service of such bailable warrant. The returnable date shall be 16.12.2019.” Justices M S Sonak and C V Bhadang said the official of Defence Ministry, Deputy Secretary (AG-1) A K Tewari, had ignored instructions to be present in court to explain why the Ministry of Defence had not complied with earlier orders in the case.