The parents of 25-year-old Teruyuki Mashima brought the suit against Aum Supreme Truth leader Shoko Asahara for the 1988 beating, apparently by cult followers, a Tokyo District Court official said.
The court official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Asahara did not send representatives to the court or reply to the lawsuit.
Asahara is on trial for murder in the March 1995 Tokyo nerve gas attack that killed 11 people and sickened more than 5,500.
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