National Insurance Company to pay family 29 lakh compensation, says MACT

The family of a businesswoman, who was killed after being hit by a rashly driven bus, has been awarded a compensation of over Rs 29 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) here.

The tribunal directed National Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending bus was insured, to pay Rs 29,38,480 to the husband and two minor children of deceased Zeenat Parveen.

“In view of the testimony of prosecution witness 1 (victim’s husband) and documents on record, the petitioners have prima facie succeeded in proving that the deceased died due to injuries sustained in this accident caused by the offending vehicle driven by respondent no. 2 (bus driver) in a rash and negligent manner,” MACT Presiding Officer Harish Dudani said.

Parveen’s husband told the tribunal that the accident took place in December 2008 when he and his wife were going to meet some relatives at Shaheen Bagh here on his motorcycle.

When they reached sector 24, Noida, the rashly driven offending bus being driven by its driver Rajiv Kumar came at a high speed and hit them from behind.

Due to the impact, they fell down and Praveen came under the wheels of the bus. She was taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead by the doctors, he said. The 38-year-old woman was running her own business in the name of M/s Sharp Industrial Advisory Bureau and was earning Rs 25,000 per month.

The bus driver and owner, however, said the accident took place due to negligence of the victim’s husband as he was driving the motorcycle at a high speed and was trying to overtake the bus during which he lost control and hit it. The tribunal refused to accept their contention and directed them to pay compensation to the victim’s family.

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