The family of a 47-year-old man, who died after being hit by a bus in 2009, has been awarded a compensation of over Rs 21 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal here.
MACT directed the New India Insurance Company, with which the bus was insured, to pay a compensation of Rs 21,26,344 to the wife and two children of deceased Inderjeet Singh who worked as a Peon in DAV School, Pitampura.
While awarding the compensation, MACT Presiding Officer Barkha Gupta said the bus driver was driving in a rash and negligent manner and hit the bike on which Inderjeet was riding pillion, causing his death.
"On the basis of evidence adduced before the court and considering the material as placed, this court is of the considered opinion that Bijender Singh was driving the offending vehicle rashly and negligently and hit the motorcycle driven by Naresh Kumar on which Inderjeet was sitting as a pillion rider and thereby caused his death," the Tribunal said.
According to the family members of the victim, on the evening of June 4, 2009, Inderjeet was returning home on the bike of his colleague when the two-wheeler was hit by the bus and they both fell down and sustained grevious injuries.
After being treated for two days at a hospital here, Inderjeet was shifted to a nursing home where he succumbed.
Relying on the testimony of Inderjeet's wife Satwanti, the Tribunal said the "petitioner's (Satwanti) testimony was sufficient to establish the case and prove the accident and the cause of death of the victim and hence it did not matter if the postmortem was not conducted.