Tribunal Presiding Officer Anoop Kumar Mendiratta directed ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending bus was insured, to pay over Rs 2.90 crore to the wife and younger daughter of victim Raj Kumar Singla.
While calculating the compensation amount, the court awarded Rs 2.86 crore and Rs 3.75 lakh respectively for the deaths of 36-year-old Raj and his elder daughter Saloni.
"The stand taken by respondent no.2 (bus driver) that the accident had been caused to save the motorcyclist does not appear to be supported during the police investigation and neither was any complaint of false implication was filed on behalf of him with any higher authority.
"Since negligence is to be assessed on the touchstone of preponderance of probability, it has been established that the accident was caused due to rash and negligent driving of Haryana Roadways bus by the driver," the judge said.
Apart from Raj, his wife and two daughters, aged 12 and seven years, were in the car. While, Raj and Saloni died on the spot, the other two members received serious injuries and were rushed to a hospital.
It said that Raj was working as research and development manager with Nokia Siemens Networks Pvt Ltd at Gurgaon at a package of Rs 27 lakh per annum, besides incentives.
The driver and the Haryana Roadways had denied the allegation that he was driving the bus in a rash and negligent manner.
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