The Motor Vehicle Accident Authority has awarded a compensation of over Rs 2.80 crore to a woman whose husband, an entrepreneur, was killed in an accident. This is perhaps the highest compensation amount awarded to anybody in a motor accident case in Bhopal.
The widow Priyanka Tripathi had demanded a compensation of Rs 5 crore. She was supported in her litigation by her mother-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law as well.
The woman sued her father-in-law whose SUV met with an accident in which her husband was killed, the SUV driver and the New Indian Insurance Company through its regional manager.
According to facts of the case, Kapil Muni Tripathi, 25, was coming back to Bhopal from Beena in an SUV owned by his father RM Tripathi. Pawan Kumar, a driver hired by the family, was driving the vehicle when it overturned near Vidisha killing Kapil Muni Tripathi.
The incident had taken place on April 9, 2013. Wife of the deceased later moved to court seeking compensation of over Rs 5 crore on the ground that her husband owned a firm M/s Om Shakti Enterprises and its annual turnover in the year 2012-2013 was over Rs 2.76 crore and his net income was over Rs 25.30 lakh.
She said that this amount used to be spent on rearing the family and now that the firm has closed down following demise of her husband, she should be provided adequate compensation to take care of herself and her son, who was two-month-old when the incident took place.
Her father-in-law R M Tripathi, driver Pawan Kumar and New India Insurance Company were made the respondents in the case and she urged that they jointly or individually are asked to pay her compensation.
The court of Saida Bano Rehman on Tuesday dismissed the objections raised by the insurance company against the claim and ordered the three respondents to either pay the compensation of over Rs 2.80 crore to the wife of Kapil Muni jointly or individually within two months towards life-long expenses of Kapil’s wife, mother and son till he becomes adult.