Providing some solace to the family of a Sector-44 resident who had died in road accident in November 2009, the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here has awarded compensation of `1.47 crore.
Kanwarjit Sidhu, 30, employed with a Mumbai-based shipping management company, was on his way from Sirhind to Chandigarh when his car was hit by a speeding tempo at the Morinda t-point in Chunni village, Fatehgarh Sahib, on November 11, 2009. His friend Abhinav Malik, who was following him in his car, rushed Sidhu to a hospital where he succumbed to the injuries on November 16. The tempo driver, Tarn Taran native Baljit Singh, had fled the spot.
The family had filed a claim of `3 crore, and now, as per the directive of the tribunal, the `1.47 crore would be paid to Sidhu's father Ranjit Singh Sidhu, widow Ripen Sidhu, younger sister Simran Sidhu and younger brother Amrit Sidhu.
As the vehicle was not insured, the driver of the tempo along with owner Sewa Singh, a resident of Palsora, Chandigarh, would pay the compensation. The tribunal - headed by a district-level judge -had proceeded ex parte against the owner and the driver of the tempo as they failed to appear despite service of summons.
"No insurance particulars have been provided, thus leading to presumption that the vehicle (tempo) was not insured at time of accident… erring driver and the owner would pay the compensation amount," read the order.
Navdeep Arora, lawyer of the victim's kin, said, "We have filed an execution petition for realisation of the compensation amount. We have filed for `1.7 as it includes 7.5% interest. It will be heard on October 3."
Monetary relief in other such cases
*On September 20, court awarded `1.36 crore to kin of 33-year-old Narinder Rana, who was killed in road accident about five years ago. The amount would be paid to the victim's widowed mother Mala, his wife Leena and daughter Namiya by Nitin Saini, driver of the school bus involved in the accident, Davinder Singh, owner of the bus, and Oriental Insurance Company.
*In July 2013, Uppal Housing Private Limited paid `2.65 crore as compensation to kin of a businessman hailing from Bengaluru who was killed in an accident during construction of Centra Mall in Industrial Area-1 on July 24, 2007. The payment was made as part of alternate dispute redressal mechanism where parties opted to settle matter out of court.