A senior citizen, who has been in coma since he met with a road accident over two-and-a-half years ago, has been awarded a compensation of nearly Rs 59 lakh by a tribunal.
The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) awarded the damages to 61-year-old Model Town resident Partap Sain Katyal, noting that he continued to be comatose since his accident in May 2009 and there were bleak chances of his recovery.
MACT Judge Dinesh Bhat ordered the payment of compensation on the victim’s wife Sharda Katyal’s plea. Holding the driver and owner of the offending car, Amit Gupta, guilty of causing the accident, the MACT directed the National Insurance Company, with which the vehicle was insured, to pay R58,20,785 to Katyal. “In view of the documents available, it is prima facie proved that the petitioner (victim) suffered injuries due to rash driving of the car driver,” the MACT said.
The court awarded the relief, noting the deposition by the victim’s wife that she had already spent over R20 lakh on his treatment. She had sought R59 lakh as relief, saying her husband, who ran a firm in partnership, earned R50,000 a month, while she was likely to incur an expense of R1 lakh per month on his treatment.