New Delhi: The kin of a Delhi Jal Board (DJB)
employee, who died after being hit by a car in 2010, have
been awarded a compensation of over Rs 25 lakh by a Motor
Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).
The court directed National Insurance Company Ltd, with
which the offending Maruti car was insured, to pay Rs
25,20,914 to the wife and five children of Ram Kishan Sharma,
who was working as an assistant pump driver with Delhi Jal
"I, accordingly, grant a compensation to the tune of Rs
25,20,914 to all the petitioners (family members of Sharma)
with interest...," MACT Presiding Officer BS Chumbak said.
East Delhi resident Sharma died in October 2010 when he
was going on a motorcycle to attend a complaint related to
water problem and on reaching Geeta Colony, the Maruti car
being driven by Kishan Kumar at a high speed, hit him.
Sharma, 42, who was earning over Rs 18,000 per month
received grievous injuries in the accident and was taken to a
hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The court, which had awarded a compensation of over Rs 28
lakh, however, deducted Rs 2.8 lakh from the amount saying the
victim was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the
accident and he too was responsible for the accident.
"In such circumstances, from the medical record of the
doctor it can be safely held that at the time of accident the
deceased was under the influence of alcohol and therefore, the
he also contributed to the accident and accordingly, I held
that the deceased should have been made liable to be
compensated at 10 per cent of whole compensation which is to
be granted in this case," the presiding officer said.
It was the contention of the insurance company that the
victim was in an inebriated condition at the time of accident
and his family was not liable for any compensation.
Sharma`s family, however, denied it saying merely because
the doctor got a smell of alcohol from the victim, does not
proved that he was drunk.