Woman who lost husband in mishap to get `6.6 lakh
SATISH JOSHI WAS CROSSING ROAD IN NAUPADA WHEN A TMT BUS RAMMED INTO HIM, INJURING HIM. HE DIED AFTER A FEW DAYS
THANE: District Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has ordered Thane Municipal Corporation to pay a compensation of Rs6.61 lakh to a woman who lost her husband during treatment after a road accident involving a municipal transport bus in 2012.
Additional sessions judge and MACT member KD Vadane in his judgment pronounced recently ordered TMC to pay the amount to Vasanti Joshi, 62, and her daughter Kirti, 35, even as he held the deceased equally responsible for the mishap that occurred on November 9, 2012. Due to contributory negligence of the deceased, the compensation amount was cut by half from Rs13.23 lakh, the Judge said.
According to the claimant council, the original claim was filed by Satish Joshi (63 then), who had stated in his application that he was crossing road in Naupada area here when a TMC-run Thane Municipal Transport (TMT) bus rammed into him, injuring him grievously.
Joshi underwent treatment at a hospital and died in March 2013, during the pendency of the claim. He worked as a broker and priest and earned an income of Rs12,000 per month. Later, his wife and daughter were made applicants in the case. They stated before the tribunal that they they spent nearly Rs8 lakh on Joshi’s treatment.
They produced the FIR and other relevant documents and evidence of the examination by doctors during the deceased’s hospitalisation. The TMC was represented by advocate SE Darandale, who challenged the income and age of the deceased.
The respondent dismissed the claim and said that it was due to the sole negligence of the deceased that he sustained injuries and later died.
Darandale said Joshi was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and also was paralytic and was limping at the time of the accident. The deceased fell before the bus while crossing the road.