New Delhi: A motor accident claims
tribunal has awarded a compensation of over Rs 60 lakh to the
family members of a Delhi government school teacher, crushed
to death by a speeding sports utility vehicle last year,
saying the deceased was their "sole pillar".
Tribunal Judge Kanwal Jeet Arora directed Bajaj
Allianz General Insurance to pay the compensation to the
family of 48-year-old Satya Parkash Tiwari, a resident of
Palam village in south west Delhi.
"It is clear that deceased (Satya) was the sole pillar
of the family on whom petitioners (his family members) were
looking up to, for not only the fulfilment of their day-to-day
needs but also for those sentiments and emotions which no
money can compensate," the judge said while awarding a total
compensation of Rs 60.19 lakhs.
The petition was filed by victim`s wife Kalawati, her
two sons and his mother alleging that a speeding Scorpio had
hit Satya at Keshav Chowk on August 4, when he was riding back
home on his motorcycle.
Due to the impact, Satya fell down, sustaining
critical injuries. He later succumbed at AIIMS, Kalawati said.
She submitted that her husband was working as
teacher with Navyug School at Lodhi Garden and being the sole
bread earner for the family, they have now been "left at the
mercy of God."
During the adjudication of the trial, the insurance
firm contended that the offending vehicle was being driven in
contravention to the terms and conditions of the policy and
the driver was not holding a valid and effective driving
licence at the time of the accident.
The insurance firm also contended that the wife of the
deceased is employed with the Indian Air Force, so she was
not financially dependent on the income of her husband only.
The court, however, rejected the contentions of the
firm saying, "insurance company, though contended that driving
licence was initially issued to the driver in the year 1994,
it, however, miserably failed to establish the contention on
"Liability to compensate the petitioners (family
members of the deceased) and to indemnify the insured, shall
be that of the insurance company itself," the court said.
The court also noted that due to the rash and
negligent act of the driver of the offending vehicle, the
family members of the victim "have been bereft of the
priceless company, love, affection, care and concern of the
deceased, which cannot be reimbursed by any monetary means."