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Sultan Singh v. Mai Chand - FAO-215-1980  RD-P&H 9183 (24 October 2006)
FAO NO.215 of 1980
DATE OF DECISION: October 11, 2006
CORAM:- HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE VINEY MITTAL
PRESENT: Shri Vivek Arora, Advocate for the appellant.
The claimant is appellant before this Court. He has approached this Court for setting aside the award dated March 7, 1980 passed by the Commissioner under Workmen's Compensation Act, Panipat, whereby the claim petition filed by the claimant- appellant has been dismissed.
The learned Commissioner while rejecting the claim petition filed by the claimant has held that the claimant himself was negligent, inasmuch as, he was wearing Khes/Chadar while working on the crusher which entangled in the same resulting in injuries to the claimant.
During the course of arguments, this Court found that the claimant had described himself as a minor at the time of filing of the claim petition. In the claim petition, it was mentioned that the accident in question had taken place 1-1/2 years prior to the filing of FAO No.215 of 1980
the petition, when the claimant was working as a labourer/worker on the crusher. In these circumstances, it is apparent that the claimant was a minor at the time of the accident in question.
In these circumstances, a query was put to the learned counsel for the appellant as to how a minor could be employed on a stone crusher and how such a minor could seek compensation for any injury suffered by him during the course of such employment when the said employment was illegal. The learned counsel for the appellant has not been able to satisfy this Court that employment of the appellant-claimant was legal and valid. In this view of the matter, I find that the claim filed by the claimant with regard to injury suffered by him while he was in the employment, is not legally sustainable.
In view of the aforesaid fact, I find no merit in the present appeal and the same is accordingly dismissed.
October 11, 2006 (Viney Mittal)
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