Indian victims of Dubai warehouse firebreak-out move Kerala HIgh Court

Indian Diasporas who lost their life's possessions due to a fire at a warehouse in Dubai filed an appeal with the Kerala High Court seeking legal assistance to recover their dues. The petitioners claimed they have lost hundreds of thousands of dirhams worth of belongings assigned to the cargo firm to ship them to Kerala from UAE as they were all heading to the subcontinent for good. Most of them had lost their employments and had sent their families back home amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Gulf News reported.

Advocate Jose Abraham of the Kerala High Court told Gulf News: "The petition has been filed in the Kerala High Court because most of the victims are from Kerala. They are not in a position to conduct their case in UAE. The victims are unable to go to the UAE and conduct a case there.

Secondly, the Kerala High Court, in this matter, is seeking relief for the victims by issuing a notice to the Central Government to direct the Embassy of India in the UAE to provide necessary legal assistance so they can receive their compensation." In response to a writ petition, a bench of the court, presided by Justice P.V. Asha, issued a notice, asking relevant authorities to consider the grievances of the petitioners and to provide free legal aid to initiate legal action for compensation.

According to the plea, a copy of which is with Gulf News, the petitioners claimed they lost their livelihood during the pandemic and paid thousands of dirhams to the cargo company to ship their belongings to Kerala. While the people returned home, their belongings - which they had accumulated through years - had still not reached them.

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