SC upholds HC order to compensate Tk 10 lakh to Abrar’s family

Staff Correspondent

10 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday upheld a High Court order that directed the owner of Suprobhat Paribahan to give Tk 10 lakh to the family of Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, who was crushed to death by one of the buses of the transport company.

A four-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order, scrapping an appeal filed by the Suprobhat Paribahan owner against the HC order on the matter.

Earlier on March 20, an HC bench comprising

Justice Md Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice KM Hafizul Alam had passed the order after holding hearing on a writ filed in this regard.

The court had also issued a rule, asking authorities concerned, including home secretary, transport secretary and inspector general of police, to explain within four weeks as to why it shall not pass an order to give Tk five crore to Abrar’s family in compensation.

Petitioner’s lawyer Barrister Ruhul Quddus Kazal said, “The court also asked Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, additional inspector general of Dhaka Metropolitan Police and Accident Research Institute of BUET to probe the accident and submit report within the next 15 days.”

On March 19, Abrar Ahmed Chowdhury, a first year student of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) and a road safety activist, was run over by a Suprobhat Paribahan bus, at Nodda on Progati Sarani area in the capital while he was trying to cross the road. He died on the spot