The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has been directed by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal to pay over Rs 23 lakh compensation to the family of a man,who died when a DJB tanker collided with his motorbike two years ago.
The court directed DJB,civic body of Delhi government,to pay Rs 23,56,336 to the family members of Subhash Yadav,who died in the accident,as the offending vehicle was not insured.
“The offending vehicle was being driven by driver of offending vehicle (Daryao Singh). It was owned by DJB (Delhi government) and,therefore,Singh is the principal tortfeasor. Singh and DJB are vicariously liable.
“Both the respondents are held jointly and severally liable to pay the awarded amount. However,since the vehicle was owned by DJB,therefore,it shall pay the awarded amount,” MACT Presiding Officer Amar Nath said.
The accident took place on March 29,2010 when Najafgarh resident Yadav was going to his office on his motorcycle and suddenly the speeding tanker,which was driven by Singh in a rash and negligent manner,hit the victim.
Due to the impact,44-year-old Yadav fell down and received grievous injuries. He was then taken to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Singh took the plea that no such accident was caused by him and the DJB tanker has been falsely involved in the criminal case by the officials of Najafgarh police station. He also said that the deceased was responsible for accident.
The court,however,refused to accept his submissions.
Yadav,who was survived by his wife,two children and mother,was earning over Rs 17,000 per month.