1 Page 1 IN THE COURT OF THE MEMBER, MOTOR ACCIDENT CLAIMS TRIBUNAL GOLAGHAT Present: Smti. I. Barman Member, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, MACT CASE NO.124/ Smti. Maijani Bhuyan W/o Sri Amanat Garh, R/o Village Bokakhat Tea Estate P.O. & P.S. Bokakhat Dist. Golaghat, Assam.... Claimants. Versus 1. Sri Nirmal Chandra Bharali S/o Sri Saru Ram Bharali P.O. Lokhowajan P.S. Bokakhat Dist.: Golaghat, Assam (Owner of 709 Bus No. AS 05/5209) 2. Sri Diganta Hazarika S/o Sri Lohit Hazarika R/o Ulubari, Guwahati Dist.: Kamrup, Assam (Driver of 709 Bus No. AS 05/5209)
2 Page 2 3. The Branch Manager National Insurance Co. Ltd. Golaghat Branch Policy No. 2005/ Valid from upto (Insurer of Bus No. AS 05/5209)..Opposite parties. Advocate for the claimants : R. P. Jaiswal Advocate for the O.P No. 3 : J. C. Kalita Date of argument : Date of judgment : J U D G M E N T: 1) This claim case arose out of a petition under section 166 of the Motor Vehicle Act, (hereby mentioned as M.V. Act) 1988 filed by the claimant Smti. Maijoni Bhuyan claiming compensation from the opposite parties on account of the death of her minor son Bikash Bhuyan who died in a Motor Vehicle Accident. 2) The case of the claimant, in brief, is that on at about 05:40 P.M., while her minor son, Bikash Bhuyan was returning home with his grandmother by the extreme left hand side of the road, after marketing at Ekarajan Tiniali, a bus bearing No. AS 05/5209 (709 Bus) coming from Numaligarh side towards Bokakhat in a rash and negligent manner knocked down her son Bikash Bhuyan and mother Srimoti Bhuyan. As a result of the accident they sustained grievous injuries on their bodies and both of them died on the spot. Post mortem examination of the deceased was done at K.K. Civil Hospital, With regard to the accident, Bokakhat P.S. Case No. 10/2006 U/S 279/304 (A) I.P.C. was registered. Hence, the claimant claimed Rs. 2,80,000/- as compensation from the opposite parties. 3) On receipt of notice opposite party No. 1 and 2 the owner and driver respectively of the 709 Bus No. AS 05/5209 by filing written statement separately pleaded that the driver of the 709 bus (O.P. No.2) drove the vehicle at minimum
3 Page 3 speed and the accident did not take place due to rash and negligent driving on the part of the O.P. No. 2. However, they admitted that the 709 Bus No. AS 05/5209 is duly insured with National Insurance Co. Ltd. vide insurance policy No. 2005/ valid from to and at the time of accident the driver has possessed valid and effective driving license and as such the Insurance Company is liable to pay compensation, if any. The answering opposite parties also put the claimant to make strictest proof with regard to the alleged accident, age of the injured, police report, injury report etc. and submits that claimant s claim is highly excessive. Hence, prayed to dismiss the claim petition against the answering opposite parties. 4) Opposite party No. 3, i.e., National Insurance Co. Ltd. entered its appearance and by filing written statement, stated interalia that there was no rash and negligent driving on the part of the driver of the 709 Bus No. AS 05/5209 and put the claimant to make strictest proof with regard to the alleged accident, valid and effective driving license, police report, the vehicular documents, insurance policy, etc. It is also contended that the amount of compensation claimed by the claimant is highly exaggerated. The answering opposite party pleaded that the alleged accident took place due to fault and utter carelessness of the deceased. In this premise, the answering opposite party prayed to dismiss the claim petition. 5) On the pleadings of the parties, following issues are framed: i) Whether there is accident caused due to rash and negligent driving on the part of the driver of the offending vehicle No. AS 05/5209 (709 Bus) that caused accident on at Ekarajan on NH 37 under Bokakhat Police station? ii) Whether the deceased Bikash Bhuyan sustained grievous injuries as a result of such accident and dead on the spot? iii) Whether the claimant is entitled to get compensation? If so, what is the amount and from whom? iv) Any other reliefs?
4 Page 4 6) During trial, in support of her claim, the claimant Smti. Maijoni Bhuyan examined herself as C.W.1 who was duly cross examined by opposite party No. 3. Contesting O.P. did not adduce any evidence. 7) I have heard argument for both the sides and carefully gone through the evidence on record. My findings in respect of the above noted issues, in view of the evidence on record and in the light of the submissions of the Ld. Counsel from both sides are as follows: 8) Issue No. (i) and (ii): The claimants in the claim petition and also in his evidence (C.W1) stated that on at about 05:40 P.M., while her minor son, Bikash Bhuyan was returning home with his grandmother by the extreme left hand side of the road, after marketing at Ekarajan Tiniali, a bus bearing No. AS 05/5209 (709 Bus) coming from Numaligarh side towards Bokakhat in a rash and negligent manner knocked down her son Bikash Bhuyan and mother Srimoti Bhuyan. As a result of the accident they sustained grievous injuries on their bodies and both of them died on the spot. Post mortem examination of the deceased was done at K.K. Civil Hospital, Golaghat and with regard to the accident, Bokakhat P.S. Case No. 10/2006 U/S 279/304 (A) I.P.C. was registered. Evidence of C.W.1 so far the negligent driving of O.P. No. 2 remained unshaken. In cross examination of C.W.1, no dispute was raised regarding death of claimant s son in the accident on the ill-fated day. Accident Information Report Ext. 1 issued by O/C Bokakhat P.S. shows that Vehicle No. AS 05/5209 (709 Bus) was involved in the accident which occurred on near Ekarajan Tiniali showing Bikash Bhuyan as deceased. Hence, so far the question of death of deceased Bikash Bhuyan in the accident on due to negligent driving on the part of the driver of the offending vehicle No. AS 05/5209 (709 Bus) is concerned is believable and taken as proved. Issue No. 1 is answered accordingly. 9) Issue No. (ii): In view of the discussion and decision of the previous issue, claimant being the mother of the deceased are entitled for compensation under the provision of
5 Page 5 Section 166 of M.V. Act. Now, the prime question is what should be the just and proper quantum of compensation? So far the age of the deceased is concerned, the claimant stated that the deceased was 11 years old at the time of accident. As admittedly the deceased was 10 years old, the structured formula of the multiplier as set forth in Sarla Verma s case is not applicable in this case. Court has to determine the amount by following the ratio of decided case in R.K. Malik Vs. Kiran Pal [MANU/ SC/ 0809/ 2009: (2009) 14 SCC1]. Considering all aspects, I fix the quantum of compensation at Rs. 1,50,000/- (Rupees One Lakh Fifty Thousand) only towards loss of dependency. Apart from above, the claimants are also entitled to Rs. 5,000/- towards funeral, travelling and incidental expenses. Moreover the deceased being 11 years old, on account of future prospects, claimant is further entitled to Rs. 45,000/- towards future prospects. Thus, having considered the facts and circumstances of the case, the just and reasonable compensation to which the claimants would be entitled is fixed at Rs. 2,00, (Rs. Two Lakhs Only). Further, at the relevant time of accident, the offending 709 Bus was duly insured with the opposite party No. 3, National Insurance Co. Ltd. vide policy No. 2005/ valid up to and the accident occurred on As such the compensation determined as mentioned above have to be paid by O.P. No. 3, i.e. the Insurance Company. A W A R D In the result, the claim petition is allowed on contest. Claimant is awarded a compensation of Rs. 2,00, (Rs. Two Lakhs Only) for the death of Bikash Bhuyan in a motor vehicle accident. O.P. No. 3, i.e., National Insurance Co. Ltd. is directed to pay the awarded amount to the claimant within a period of 60 days from today, i.e The amount of compensation shall carry per annum from the date of filing the claim petition, i.e., from till its
6 Page 6 realization. The O.P. No. 3, i.e. Insurance Company shall be entitled to deduct the interim compensation paid to the claimant, if any. Send a copy of the judgment to the O.P. No. 3, i.e., National Insurance Co. Ltd. for information and necessary action. Given under my hand and seal of the court on this 4 th day of March, 2015 at Dictated & corrected by me. Member, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal Member, Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal..
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