MACT awards Rs 13.42 lakh compensation to kin of accident victim in Pune
The Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) has directed two persons to pay Rs 13.42 lakh to the family members of a man who died in an accident in 2016. VK Kadam, member of MACT, Pune, in his order dated April 20, allowed the claim filed by the family members of the victim and asked Jayesh Suresh Tanna and Vidya Tandale to jointly pay the said amount to the family members towards compensation. They were also asked to pay nine per cent interest from the date of filing the petition from November 10, 2016, till the realisation.
The order further stated that after depositing the compensation amount, the family members are entitled to receive the amount in equal proportions by account payee cheque in their respective names.
Deceased Rajendra Pol’s widow Rohini, 47; her son Sanket, 22, and daughter Ritu, 18, residents of Hingane Khurd, filed an application under Section 166 of the Motor Vehicle Act for the compensation.
According the application, it was on April 11, 2016, that the deceased Pol was riding his motorcycle on the Pune Municipal Corportion (PMC) office to Omkareshwar road near Nana Nani Park in Shaniwar peth. At around 11.15 am, a scooty collided with his motorbike and Pol sustained serious injuries. He was rushed to Sahyadri Hospital, but died while undergoing treatment on April 12.
The applicants produced a certified copy of the FIR which revealed that the death of Rajendra Pol took place due to rash and negligent driving by the scooty driver, Jayesh Suresh Tanna, a resident of Market Yard, and claimed compensation.
Opponents Tanna and Tandale resisted the application and filed a reply contending inter alia that Tanna had driven the scooty by observing all the traffic rules and that the deceased rammed into the scooty. They said that the deceased was liable for his death. The opponents denied that Pol’s family members were dependent on the income of the deceased and they denied that the applicants were entitled for the said compensation.
The tribunal came to the conclusion that the applicants were entitled to receive the total compensation with an interest of nine per cent and passed the order.