Ram’s wife had approached the tribunal on April 16, 2008, claiming a compensation of Rs. 1.75 crore. The insurance company’s counsel argued that the victim had tried to overtake the tanker. But the judge rubbished this.
Ram was the sole bread-winner of his family of six — wife, three children and parents — and his death had plunged the family into a financial crisis, judge Vineeta Goyal of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) said.
The judge directed Bajaj Allianz to deposit the compensation cheque within 40 days.
“With this money, I will be able to give the best education to my children and also pay for the healthcare of my in-laws,” said the victim’s wife, who did not want to be named.
Counsel for the victim’s family Brijesh Chaudhry and Dhruv Wahi said the family’s financial circumstances and a legal formula, usually based on the victim’s age and earning potential, helped decide the compensation amount. Such high compensations are not usual.