The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal ( MACT), Chandigarh, has ordered a compensation of Rs 60.26 lakh to family of a man who was killed in a road mishap in Nawanshahar in July 2013. The amount will be paid by the offending bus owner and insurer of the bus along with 9% interest.
On July 23, 2013 the victim Surat Singh Gill was driving his Chandigarh numbered car and, along with his wife and daughter, was travelling to Jalandhar from SAS Nagar. It was alleged that at Mahilpur T-point, under the jurisdiction of Behram police station, a speeding bus rammed into Gill’s vehicle. Gill was an SAS Nagar resident and working as an assistant with financial commissioner, Civil Secretariat, government of Punjab.
Manjit Kaur, wife of victim, Surjit Kaur (mother) and Baldev Singh (father), residents of Moga, submitted a complaint against Tajinder Singh, a resident of Phagwara, (driver of offending bus bearing number PB-23-M-1855), M/s Hemkunt Bus Service, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab (registered owner of offending bus), the United India Insurance Company Limited, Ludhiana, (insurer of bus) and against the Oriental Insurance company limited, Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, (insurer of car of the deceased).
The kin of the victim had sought Rs 1 crore as compensation from the tribunal.
However, the driver and owner of the bus had contended that no accident had taken place with the said vehicle. The defence had alleged that respondent was dragged falsely in the case just to claim compensation illegally.
Also, the insurer of the bus had contended that the driver of the offending bus was not holding a valid and effective driving license at the time of alleged accident and amount claimed by the claimants was highly exaggerated. Moreover, the insurer of the car of the victim had said that the alleged accident, if any, occurred due to the sole rash and negligent driving of the driver and the company was not liable to pay any compensation.
The tribunal, though, in its order stated that 50% of the relief amount would be granted to the wife of the deceased and parents would share the rest 50% compensation amount.