The transport company has to pay the compensation within three months
The High Court has ordered Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk20 lakh as compensation to Russel Sarker, who lost his leg after a bus of the company ran over him in April 2018.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader pronounced the verdict on Thursday.
Deputy Attorney General Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.
“Following the order, the transport company has to pay the compensation within three months and within 15 days of the payment, they have to comply with the registrar general of the Supreme Court.”
Victim Russel said he was happy with the verdict and hoped the company would not file an appeal against the verdict because the amount of compensation came after a negotiation from both parties.
He wants to do something for his family with the money.
On Tuesday, the High Court deferred the delivery of the judgment till Thursday.
On September 23, the High Court fixed September 29, for delivering its verdict on the ruling.
On March 5 this year, the same bench earlier fixed the date after concluding a hearing on the rule.
Till now, the company paid Tk10 lakh as compensation to Russel in two instalments, although they were supposed to pay Tk45 lakh as compensation now.
The company also had paid Tk3.5 lakh for Russel’s treatment.
Earlier on June 25, the High Court asked Green Line Paribahan to pay a compensation of Tk5 lakh monthly in instalments to Russel, and to clear the remaining Tk45 lakh of compensation.
The court had also asked Green Line's lawyer to pay the money by the seventh of each month, and submit a compliance report by the 15th of each month.
On April 10, Green Line paid Tk5 lakh to Russel, and the court allowed it one month's time to pay the remaining Tk45 lakh.
On March 31, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld the High Court order that had asked Green Line Paribahan authorities to give Tk50 lakh as compensation to Russel.
On April 28 in 2018, a Green Line coach rear-ended the car Russel was driving. The accident occurred on the slope of Mayor Md Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar, and caused Russel to step outside of his car to assess the damage.
Although he signalled the bus not to drive away, the bus driver Kabir Hossain -- in his attempt to flee the scene -- ran over Russel, severing his left leg from the thigh down in the process.
After being informed, police impounded the bus and detained Kabir from near the National Press Club.