Pay Tk 5m to road accident victim Russell Sarkar: HC

Staff Correspondent

1 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld an order of the High Court which directed Green Line Paribahan authorities to compensate Tk 50 lakh to car driver Russell Sarkar for causing an accident resulting in loss of his leg.

A bench led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order on Sunday, rejecting a petition filed by accused Green Line Paribahan owner seeking a stay on the HC order.

The Supreme Court directed Green Line Paribahan to submit a compliance report.

Car driver Russell Sarkar lost his leg following an accident with a Green Line Paribahan bus on Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover on Apr 28 last year. Victim’s elder brother Arif Sarker filed a case with Jatrabari police station the same day.

On May 14 last year, Supreme Court lawyer Umme Kulsum filed a writ petition with the High Court seeking compensation for Russell.

During hearing in the HC, Russell said Green Line authorities are yet to assist him financially and they even did not want to know his condition. The HC also heard explanation of the Green Line Paribahan authorities.

On March 12 this year, the High Court directed the bus management to Tk 50 lakh to Russell within two weeks. It also directed the bus management to bear the cost of treatment and installation of artificial led to the victim.

The HC issued a rule asking why the Green Line authorities shall not be directed to pay the compensation to the victim.

The Chamber Judge of the Appellate Division, on Mar 14, stayed the HC order and sent the petition to the regular bench to be decided.

Abdul Baset Majumder and Md Ozi Ullah appeared for Green Line Paribahan in the Appellate Division while Advocate Khabir Uddin Bhuiyan stood for writ petitioner.