Bus owners seek stay on HC order | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:37 AM, April 10, 2019

Bus owners seek stay on HC order

File petition with apex court as deadline for paying Tk 50 lakh to Russell expires today

Bangladesh Bus Owners Association yesterday filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking stay on a High Court order that asked Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russell Sarker as compensation.

Russell, 26-year-old car driver of a power company, lost his left leg from below the knee after a Green Line bus had ran over him in the capital on April 28 last year.

The association also prayed to the apex court to make it a party to a writ petition filed with the HC on May 13 last year, seeking necessary order on the authorities concerned to compensate Russell and stop reckless driving, writ petitioner's lawyer Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza told The Daily Star.

The SC chamber judge may hold hearing on the petition of the owners association today, he added.

Meanwhile, senior SC lawyer advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, also a former law minister, yesterday told reporters that he refused to move the petition on behalf of Bangladesh Bus Owners Association.

Earlier on April 4, the HC ordered Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russell by April 10 (today), saying that it would pass an order for confiscation of buses if the transport company did not pay the money within the time frame.

The HC also asked the company not to sell tickets for April 11 (tomorrow) if it failed to pay the money.

Russell was knocked down by a Green Line bus near Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover in the capital's Dholaipar on April 28 last year.

The incident happened after an altercation broke out between Russell and the bus driver over rear-ending his car. As Russell chased down the bus, the bus driver ran him over.

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