The family members of a Tata group firm executive,crushed to death by a rashly-driven DTC bus in 2009,have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 47 lakh by a
road mishap tribunal.
The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) asked the United India Insurance Company Ltd,which had insured the offending bus,to pay Rs 47,47,400 to the wife,two minor kids and the parents of Ajay Veshin,who died in the accident.
“There is nothing on record to dispel the inference that deceased Ajay Veshin died on account of injuries sustained by him in a road accident which occurred on April 6,2009 because of rash and negligent driving of the vehicle being driven by its driver (Vikas),” MACT Presiding Officer Arvind Kumar said.
“Respondent no. 3 (insurance company) is hereby directed to pay a compensation of Rs 47,47,400 inclusive of the interim compensation,within one month to the petitioners (Veshin’s family),” the court said.
The accident took place on April 6,2009 when Veshin was going on his scooter towards Seemapuri area in North-East Delhi. When he reached near Surya Nagar,the speeding DTC bus hit him from behind.
Due to the impact,Noida resident Veshin fell down and came under the wheels of the bus. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
According to Veshin’s family,the 45-year-old man was working as area project manager with Tata group firm Voltas Ltd and was earning Rs 32,295 per month.
During the court’s proceedings,the bus driver said the accident had taken place when Veshin hit a cyclist and he was implicated in the case. The insurance firm,on the other hand,said it would not be liable to pay the compensation amount as the bus driver was not holding a valid driving licence.
It also said Veshin’s family has failed to establish that the accident took place due to the rash driving of bus driver.
The court,however,refused to accept their contentions and said the accident had taken place due to Vikas’s rash and negligent driving.