Adjudging the driver of a car guilty of killing a cop in a road accident, the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT), presided over by district and sessions judge SK Aggarwal, directed him as well the vehicle’s insurer to pay Rs 66.73 lakh in compensation to the constable’s family.
The tribunal also announced interest of 7.5% would have to be paid on the amount from October 2013 till its realisation.
Based on the statement of an eyewitness, the tribunal held Girwar Singh, a resident of Raipur Khurd village, Chandigarh, was driving the car rashly and hit the Chandigarh police constable, Vijay Kumar, 39, killing him. “Girwar was driving the offending vehicle, which he also owned, rashly and negligently. The vehicle was insured by Reliance General Insurance Co. Therefore, both vehicle’s driver and insurer shall be jointly and severally liable to pay the compensation,” the tribunal said.
The amount is to be shared among four family members of the deceased, including his widow, Rajneesh, two minor children and father, Kaptan Singh – all residents of a village in Bhiwani district in Haryana.
On the night of September 30, 2013, constable Vijay Kumar along with constable Milap, who were on duty in Sector 31, Chandigarh, received a PCR wireless message saying a vehicular accident has occurred in front of the gate of the CRPF Camp in Hallomajra.
While Vijay, accompanied by sub-inspector Kuldeep Singh and Milap, was inspecting the accident site waiting for a police photographer, a speeding car, which Girwar was driving, hit Vijay.
The latter was critically hurt and taken to Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Girwar later denied he was involved in the accident and claimed he was being falsely implicated in the case by the police, whom he accused of distorting the facts.
Meanwhile, the insurance company sought dismissal of the claim, saying the driver of the offending car was not holding a valid driver’s licence at the time of the incident.