New Delhi:  A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal here has asked Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), its driver and an insurance company, to pay over Rs 59.23 lakh as compensation to the kin of a man, who died after being hit by a corporation’s bus.

MACT presiding officer S C Malik found DTC, its driver Virender Singh and United India Insurance Company Ltd, jointly and severally liable to make the payment of compensation of Rs 59,23,326 to the legal heirs of Harjinder Singh.

“As such in view of testimonies of the deceased’s wife, Amarjeet Singh (an eyewitness to the case), copies of criminal record produced, no doubt is left in respect of the deceased having suffered fatal injuries in road accident on September 26, 2012 due to rash and negligent driving,” the tribunal said.

“Respondent No 1 being driver, Respondent No 2 being owner and Respondent No 3 being Insurer of the offending vehicle are jointly and severally liable to make payment of compensation to the petitioners/claimants,” it said.

The family members of 50-year-old Harjinder Singh had approached the tribunal seeking a compensation of Rs 1.25 crore.

According to the complaint, Harjinder, who was riding his motorcycle, was hit from the behind by a speeding DTC bus in Patel Nagar.

Harjinder, who was working as a senior electronic assistant with Delhi Transco Limited, sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot.

The driver and the DTC, however, had claimed that the accident was not caused due to rash driving of the driver but was rather due to negligence of the deceased himself.

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