Pune: The Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT) has ordered a compensation of Rs 12 lakh for family members of a man who was killed in an accident by a Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) bus.
The wife and two minor children of deceased Umar Mohammed Pullikadan (43), a native of Kerala, had moved the MACT demanding compensation.
Around 10.30 pm on May 7, 2014, Pullikadan who worked as a cook at a hotel in Vishrantwadi, was walking on Pune-Alandi Road when a PMPML bus dashed into him. He was rushed to Sassoon Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
An FIR was registered with Vishrantwadi police station against the bus driver.
The accident claim was filed against the driver Shivaji Rajendra Shinde, owner of the bus Mahalaxmi Transport, PMPML which plied the bus and United India Insurance Company Limited.
The company had refuted the contents of the claim petition.
MACT Chairman SB Agrawal, in his order dated November 2, stated that the PMPML was the hirer of the vehicle and as such, could not be held responsible for liability.
“From the evidence of the petitioners and the documents placed on record, especially papers by the police, it is amply clear that the accident was caused because of the negligence of the driver and in such circumstances, the driver, the owner and the insurer would be liable to compensate the petitioners,” the order stated.
The MACT has directed the three respondents to pay compensation of Rs 11.9 lakh with 7.5 per cent interest from the date of filing of the petition in March 2015.