The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) awarded Rs 1.69 crore in compensation to the victims of Santosh Mane, State Transport driver who mowed down nine people and injured 37 others, in the morning of January 25, 2012.
While the case was heard by a Sessions Judge which sent Mane to the gallows, the compensation claims were filed with various motor accidents claims tribunals at Pune District Court. There were as many as 11 claims which were later collated to the court of Sessions Judge A G Bilolikar. Of these, seven claims were made by the families of those who died in the episode while four were raised by the surviving victims who had suffered injuries. Recently, judge Bilolikar awarded compensation totalling Rs 98.13 lakh plus eight per cent interest since the day of filing of the claim. The petitioners had originally sought a compensation of Rs 3.27 crores. The lawyer representing State Transport argued that these were inflated claims which was partially accepted.
Apart from the Rs 98.13 lakh, the transport body had also spent Rs 70 lakh on providing emergency help to the victims. MSRTC had given Rs 3 lakh each to the family of the deceased, Rs 50,000 to injured and rest of the money was spent on providing medical care to the victims. The 42-year-old bus driver, presently lodged in Yerwada Central Prison, was sentenced to death by the sessions court in Pune on April 8, 2013. The sentence was confirmed by Bombay High Court in September 2014. Reportedly unhappy with his working hours as a driver with Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, Mane hijacked a bus on January 25, 2012 and went on a rampage.