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On June 26, 2009 a businessman who died in an accident with a rashly driven tractor in 2009, have been awarded a compensation of over Rs 16 lakh by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT).

The tribunal has directed Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending vehicle was insured, to pay Rs 16,65,640 to the wife, two kids and father of Mahinder Babber.

“There is nothing on record to dispel the inference that deceased Mahinder Babber died on account of injuries sustained by him in a road accident which occurred on June 26, 2009 because of rash and negligent driving of vehicle (tractor) being driven by its driver.

“There is nothing on record to indicate any negligence on the part of the deceased,” MACT Presiding Officer Arvind Kumar said.

Babber’s family told the tribunal that when he, along with his three friends, was coming to Delhi in his car from Haridwar then the accident took place.

When they reached Sonali river, a tractor trolley, driven rashly by one Ashok, came at a high speed and hit the car, the family said.

Due to this, 49-year-old Babber suffered fatal injuries and died on the spot.

His family said he was doing business and earning Rs 25,000 per month.

The tractor driver and its owner did not contest the case while the insurance company contended that the accident took place due to Babber’s negligence.

The insurance company said the truck driver and owner were liable to pay the compensation amount as the driver was not holding a valid driving licence at the time of accident.


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