Kin of CPWD employee get over Rs 25 lakh compensation

Family members of a 52-year-old CPWD employee, who was killed in a road accident involving a rashly driven car, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

PTI| Last Updated: Feb 18, 2015, 16:02 PM IST

New Delhi: Family members of a 52-year-old CPWD employee, who was killed in a road accident involving a rashly driven car, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

MACT Presiding Officer Harish Dudani directed National Insurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending SUV, to pay a compensation of Rs 25,50,152 to the wife and two kids of one Murgesh, who died after he was hit by the rashly driven car near Chanakyapuri in 2013.

While holding the driver of the car guilty of negligent driving, the tribunal relied on the testimonies of Geeta, wife of the victim, and an eyewitness and documents submitted by them including the copies of FIR, post mortem report and mechanical inspection report of the car.

In view of testimony of witnesses and documents on record negligence of driver of offending vehicle has been prima facie proved, it said.

According to the petition, Murgesh, who was working with Central Public Works Department(CPWD) on a salary of Rs 24,000 per month, was riding a cycle near Shanti Path in Chanakyapuri on October 5, 2013 when a rashly and negligently driven SUV hit him.

Due to the impact, he fell down and sustained grievous injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to injuries two days later.

The petition was filed by victim's wife and two children claiming a compensation of Rs 30 lakh for the untimely death of Murgesh.

During the proceedings, the driver and the owner of the car filed a joint written statement denying the allegations and claimed they were falsely implicated by the petitioners.

The insurance company, however, offered Rs 14 lakh to the family members of the victim for settlement of issue, which was not accepted by the petitioners.