Ul­has­na­gar youth gets `50 lakh af­ter los­ing leg in road ac­ci­dent

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A youth, who lost his leg in a road ac­ci­dent in 2009, has been awarded a com­pen­sa­tion of over Rs50 lakh by Thane Mo­tor Ac­ci­dent Claims Tri­bunal.

District Judge and MACT ad­di­tional mem­ber PR Kadam di­rected the driver of the of­fend­ing truck, its owner, and The New In­dia As­sur­ance Com­pany to jointly and sev­er­ally pay the com­pen­sa­tion to the claimant San­tosh Sin­geri.

The claimant’s ad­vo­cate, Baldev B Ra­jput, told the MACT that San­tosh, aged 13 at the time of the ac­ci­dent and a res­i­dent of Ul­has­na­gar, was rid­ing pil­lion on a bike be­ing driven by his fa­ther to­wards Thane’s Gandhi Na­gar on Novem­ber 7, 2009.

A speed­ing truck knocked down their mo­tor­bike. Sin­geri, who was then study­ing in Class 8, fell from the two-wheeler and the truck ran over his legs. His left leg was am­pu­tated. The ap­pli­cant claimed Rs29,31,800 on var­i­ous counts.

The truck driver, Malaji Damodar Rokade, and ve­hi­cle owner Amit Con­tainer Movers did not ap­pear be­fore MACT and hence the mat­ter was de­cided ex­parte against them. The in­sur­ance firm con­tested the claim.

Due to the truck driver’s neg­li­gence, the ap­pli­cant suf­fered griev­ous in­juries and per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity. Thus, the ap­pli­cant is en­ti­tled for com­pen­sa­tion, the tri­bunal ruled.

As re­gards the ap­pli­cant’s per­for­mance in school af­ter the mishap, the ap­pli­cant sub­mit­ted that prior to the ac­ci­dent he was scor­ing around 65 to 77 per cent, and af­ter the ac­ci­dent he scored just 45 per cent in Class 12.

Con­sid­er­ing the ap­pli­cant’s dis­abil­ity and ev­i­dence, the MACT granted Rs50,18,979 com­pen­sa­tion to the boy.

The tri­bunal awarded Rs9,69,334 com­pen­sa­tion to San­tosh’s fa­ther SA Sin­geri, who was also in­jured in the same ac­ci­dent.

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