MACT awards Rs 1 cr to mishap victim’s kin

Mubarak Ansari
Monday, 7 May 2018

Pune: The Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) has ordered a compensation of Rs 1.07 crore to be paid to family members of a school headmaster, who died in a road accident near Ghodegaon in 2016. 

A businessman from Khed taluka, whose driver was riding a two-wheeler (Activa), and the insurance company with whom the vehicle was insured, will pay the amount.

Pune: The Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) has ordered a compensation of Rs 1.07 crore to be paid to family members of a school headmaster, who died in a road accident near Ghodegaon in 2016. 

A businessman from Khed taluka, whose driver was riding a two-wheeler (Activa), and the insurance company with whom the vehicle was insured, will pay the amount.

Deceased Ramdas Dnyaneshwar Kale (49) was the headmaster of Muktai Prashala in Pimpalgaon (Ghode) in Ambegaon taluka of Pune. Around 7.30 pm on February 18, 2016, Kale  was walking towards Ghodegaon on Sal-Ghodegaon Road when an Activa came from the wrong direction and hit him. Kale was admitted at a local hospital in Pimpri, where he succumbed to the  injuries sustained in the accident two days later.

Kale’s wife Namrata (39), teenaged son, daughter and his parents moved MACT in March 2016 against the two-wheeler owner, Sanjay Namdev Mohite, and Oriental Insurance Company, Wakdewadi. 

As per the claim, Kale was a permanent employee and he earned Rs 76,000 per month. His family members were dependent on him. 

After the accident, Ghodegaon police station under Pune rural police had filed an FIR against the driver Yogesh Suresh Shinde for rash driving, causing death due to negligence, etc, under the Indian Penal Code. 

Mohite denied that Shinde was riding rashly and sought dismissal of the claim petition. On the other hand, the insurance company denied that Shinde was riding the vehicle. “Kale didn’t die of injuries due to accident with the two-wheeler,” the insurance company submitted.  

However, the MACT relied on the police chargesheet and came to the conclusion that the accident happened because of the Activa being driven by Shinde. Accordingly, MACT member RH Mohammad on May 4 ordered the owner of the vehicle and insurance company to pay Rs 1.07 crore with nine per cent interest since the date of filling of petition in March 2016.

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