UK man injured in 26/11 wins right to sue Taj hotel

London, Dec 19 : A 33-year-old Briton, who got paralysed during the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, on Thursday won his claim in a British court to sue the Tata Group, which owns the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

The Indian Hotels Company Limited, a Tata Group firm, had earlier argued that Will Pike's negligence claim should be heard in India.

However, a UK high court accepted the same stating that taking his case through the Indian courts could take around 20 years.

The Indian Hotels Company have been given the right to appeal against the ruling.

The case will now go to the Court of Appeal for a final decision.

Pike was paralysed during the 26/11 attack, when he fell nearly 50 feet, breaking his back, pelvis and leg and fracturing his left wrist and right elbow in his attempt to escape Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists who stormed the hotel.

The 2008 Mumbai attacks were twelve coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai by members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The attacks, which drew widespread global condemnation, began on Wednesday, Nov 26 and lasted until Saturday, Nov 29, 2008, killing 164 people and wounding at least 308.

Eight of the attacks occurred in South Mumbai - at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital (a women and children's hospital), the Nariman House Jewish community centre, the Metro Cinema, and a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College.

There was also an explosion at Mazagaon, in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle.

--IBNS (Posted on 20-12-2013)

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