ICICI Lombard to pay Rs 36.98 Lakh as compensation

Motor compensation

A 40-year-old man, who suffered 90 per cent permanent disability in a road mishap involving a rashly-driven car, has been awarded a compensation of Rs 36.98 lakhs by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal.

The tribunal directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited, with which the offending vehicle was insured, to pay Rs 36,98,911 to city resident Manjeet Singh.

"As per the FIR and charge sheet, the driver was under the influence of intoxication while driving the vehicle.

"The documents of criminal case which have been placed on record are prima facie evidence of the fact that Singh suffered injuries on account of rash and negligent driving of the offending vehicle by the driver," MACT Presiding Officer Harish Dudani said.

Singh told the tribunal that the accident had taken place on the night of July 1, 2009 when a Santro car had hit him as he was crossing a road near Dhaula Kuan here.

He added that due to the impact he sustained grievous injuries and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital.

He said he was rendered paralysed from below the waist, has lost control of his bowel movements and is incapable of working and has been declared to be suffering from 90 percent permanent disability.

Singh also told the tribunal that he was working as a senior programmer with a company here and was earning a salary of Rs 15,570 per month.

The driver and owner of the car, Shaleen Bhatnagar and Mani Padma respectively, contented before the tribunal that the accident had taken place as Singh was negligent and careless towards traffic rules.

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