For risking the life of co-passengers by rash driving that led to an accident leaving one dead and two injured, the motor accident claims tribunal presided over by additional district and sessions judge Shalini S Nagpal directed the driver to pay Rs 23 lakh as compensation.
Disposing of three petitions filed by two injured victims - a woman and her minor daughter, and kin of the deceased woman - the accident tribunal directed the erring driver, Vikrant of Sector 46, Chandigarh, owner of the car, Kiran, resident of Sector-52, Chandigarh, and insurer of the car, New India Assurance Company Limited, to jointly pay the compensation amount along with 7.5% interest.
As per the tribunal directives, Sushila, 32, resident of Ram Darbar, working as a patient care attendant, will be paid rs 1.23 lakh, while her daughter Kiran, 14, a Class 9 student, will be paid `1.24 lakh along with 7.5 % interest from September 2014 till the actual realisation. The family members of the deceased, Babita, 25, resident of Manimajra, including her husband and two minor kids, will be paid rs 21.69 lakh with 7.5 % interest.
As per the three claim petition, on the intervening night of February 14, 2014, and February 15, 2014, Sushila along with her minor daughter Kiran and Babita were going from Sector 52, Chandigarh, to Ram Darbar, in the car driven by Vikrant. When they reached at the light points of Sector 45/46/49/50, Chandigarh, the car hit an unidentified vehicle going parallel to the victim's car, which had left Babita dead while Sushila and Kiran received several injuries.
The driver and the owner of the car, Kiran, denied any negligence, claiming the accident had occurred solely due to the negligence of the unidentified vehicle. Insurer New India Assurance Company Limited denied the claim saying no information about the accident was given by the vehicle owner.