Holding a driver of a Scorpio car responsible for the death of a 21-year-old Charanjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 45, Chandigarh, in a road accident, the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) presided over by additional district and sessions judge KK Kareer directed the owner of the vehicle to pay Rs 10.11 lakh as compensation to the parents of the accident victim.
The tribunal also directed Manpreet Singh, a resident of Amritsar, who was driving the Scorpio, owner of the vehicle Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Kurukshetra, and the New India Assurance Company limited to pay an interest of 7.5% on the compensation amount.
The amount would be paid to victim's mother Harmeet Kaur, 46, and father Ajaib Singh, 50. Charanjeet, who was a student of BA second year, had died in the road accident on December 18, 2011.
At about 1 pm, Charanjeet was coming on his motorcycle from the Paras Mall, Zirakpur, side and was going towards Sector 47C, Chandigarh. He was driving his motorcycle on the left hand side of the road. When he reached near Gurdwara Sahib, Sector 47 C, Chandigarh, a Scorpio coming at a very fast speed from the opposite direction struck against Charanjeet's motorcycle.
As a result, Charanjeet Singh and his friend, who was sitting on the pillion fell down on the road and sustained injuries and they were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where he died.
Manpreet Singh, a resident of Amritsar, who was driving the Scorpio did not appear before the court. While owner of the vehicle Rakesh Kumar hailing from Kurukshetra accused Charanjeet of being negligent while driving his motorcycle. Kumar, contesting the claim, had said two more persons were sitting on the motorcycle that hit the car by coming on the wrong side of the road.
The New India Assurance Company limited said the Scorpio was being used as commercial vehicle against the terms and conditions of the insurance policy and therefore, they are not liable to pay the claim.