Deceased officer's family gets Rs 59 lakh compensation

A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded a compensation of over Rs 58 lakh to the family of a Class 1 Central government officer, who was killed in a road accident in September last year.

Presiding officer, MACT, Dinesh Bhatt awarded a compensation of Rs 58.54 lakh to the family of Harendra Nath, who was killed in a road accident on September 1, 2011 while on his way back home from work.

“It is prima facie proved that Nath died due to rash and negligent driving of a car driver,” the court said.

Nath, 54, used to work as Class I officer of Government of India with Defence Research and Development Organisation, Laser Science and Technology Centre and is survived by wife, two daughters and a minor son.

On the day of the incident, Burari resident Nath was proceeding towards his residence on his motorcycle when he was hit by a Maruti Swift car which was being reversed by its owner Rekha Chaudhary in a rash and negligent manner near Civil Lines here.

Oriental Insurance Company, with which the car was insured, was directed to indemnify the claim in a month. 

“Respondent no.3 - Oriental Insurance Company, being the insurance company shall pay the compensation of Rs 58,54,600,” the tribunal ordered. Nath’s family told the court that he used to earn Rs 63,059 per month.

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