The kin of a Delhi Jal Board employee, who died after being hit by a car in 2010, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.
The court directed National Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending Maruti car was insured, to pay R25,20,914 to the wife and five children of Ram Kishan Sharma, who was working as an assistant pump driver with the board.
“I, accordingly, grant a compensation to the tune of R25,20,914 to all the petitioners (family members of Sharma) with interest...” the tribunal’s presiding officer BS Chumbak said.
East Delhi resident Sharma died in October 2010 when he was travelling on a motorcycle to attend a complaint related to water problem and on reaching Geeta Colony, the Maruti car being driven by Kishan Kumar at a high speed, hit him.
Sharma, 42, who was earning over R18,000 per month received grievous injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead. The court, which had awarded a compensation of over R28 lakh, however, deducted R2.8 lakh from the amount saying the victim was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and he too was responsible.
“In such circumstances, from the medical record of the doctor it can be safely held that at the time of accident the deceased was under the influence of alcohol and therefore, the he also contributed to the accident and accordingly, I held that the deceased should have been made liable to be compensated at 10% of whole compensation which is to be granted in this case,” the presiding officer said.