Holding a driver of the Haryana roadways transport corporation guilty of rash and negligent driving that had led to death of an auto-mechanic, motor accidents claims tribunal (MACT) presided over by district and sessions judge SK Aggarwal directed the owner, driver and insurer of the bus to pay `15.35 lakh as compensation to the family members of the victim.
Based on the statement of eyewitnesses, the tribunal held Sukhdev Singh, driver of Haryana roadways, guilty of hitting Surinder Kumar who was riding a motorcycle that led to his death. The tribunal directed the Haryana Roadways Transport Corporation, owner of the bus, the driver and the insurer (New India Assurance Company Limited) to pay `15.35 lakh along with 7.5% interest from May 2013 till realisation.
The amount will be paid to victim’s wife, Seema Rani, her two children and his mother, Satya Rani (71)- all residents of Ugala in Ambala.
On February 13, 2013, Surinder Kumar (42) had gone to Shahbad for purchasing spare parts on his motorcycle. After purchasing the same, when he was returning, a rashly-driven Haryana roadways bus driven by Sukhdev Singh came from the side of Adhoya and hit him, as a result of which, Surinder Kumar died on the spot.
The Haryana Roadways Transport Corporation in its reply had even denied that any accident had taken place and termed the claim was false and frivolous. The bus driver had claimed the victim’s motorcycle hit with a buffalo due to which he fell down and died. Sukhdev Singh also had claimed police registered a false criminal case in an arbitrary manner at the behest of claimants.
New India Assurance Company Limited, the insurer bus the bus, said the driver was not holding a valid and effective driving license at the time of accident, thereby Haryana roadways and the driver violated terms of the insurance policy.