Holding a taxi driver responsible for the death of a passenger in an accident, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal has directed him, the taxi owner and its insurer to pay `64.83 lakh as compensation to the victim’s kin.
Considering the statement of the eyewitness, who had also sustained injuries in the accident, the tribunal held Darshan alias Tinju, resident of Dadumjra Colony, who was driving the taxi, guilty of rash and negligent driving, resulting in the accident and subsequently the death of Valsa Katyal, a senior manager with a nationalised bank.
The victim’s kin would also be entitled to 7.6% interest on the compensation amount to be paid “jointly and severally” by Darshan, Amrit Pal Singh, owner of the vehicle, and Iffko Tokio General Insurance Company Limited, the insurer.
The amount would be given to victim’s husband Pawan Katyal and two children, all residents of Sector 46, Chandigarh. “According to the eyewitness, the taxi driver was driving at a high speed, and while trying to overtake a truck, rammed into an oncoming car, resulting in the accident and consequently injuries to all occupants of the taxi, including Valsa Katyal, who later died. Even the FIR supports the above testimony. It is proved that the accident took place due to rash and negligent driving of taxi driver,” the tribunal held.
Taxi driver Darshan and owner Amrit denied that the accident took place due to the former’s negligence, claiming that he was driving the car at normal speed with caution.
Iffko Tokio claimed that the petition was not maintainable as the allegations made therein were false. They said that taxi driver was not holding a valid and effective driving licence at the time of accident.-