Green Line hands Tk 5 lakh to Russel
Green Line Paribahan yesterday handed a cheque for Tk 5 lakh to Russel Sarkar, who lost his left leg after a bus of the company ran him over in April last year.
Green Line’s lawyer Advocate Palash Chandra Roy handed over the cheque to Russel in a courtroom of the High Court during hearing of a writ petition on this issue.
The bus company has so far provided a total of Tk 10 lakh to Russel, as the HC on March 12 this year ordered the company to give him Tk 50 lakh as compensation.
Yesterday, the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader directed Green Line Paribahan to issue the rest of the compensation to Russel in installments, as per its earlier directive.
Green Line Paribahan has been asked to give Tk 5 lakh as the next installment by August 5.
The HC bench set October 17 for passing further order on this issue.
Russel, 26, who was a driver, lost his left leg after he was knocked down by a Green Line bus near Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover in the capital on April 28 last year.
An altercation broke out between Russel and the driver of the bus over rear-ending his car. As Russel chased the bus, the driver ran him over.
The HC in a rule on May 14, 2018 ordered authorities concerned of the government to show cause as to why they should not be directed to strictly enforce relevant laws and rules for safe movement on the road.
The court had also asked the authorities to explain why they should not be ordered to formulate a new law to prevent reckless driving.
The HC rule came after Supreme Court lawyer Umme Kulsum Smrity, on May 13 the same year, filed a writ petition seeking necessary order on the respondents to compensate Russel and to stop reckless driving.