The High Court (HC) yesterday ordered Green Line Paribahan to pay the remaining Tk 45 lakh (of total Tk 50 lakh) compensation to Russel Sarker who lost his leg after the company’s bus ran him over in April last year.
Russel, 26, who was a driver, lost his left leg from below the knee 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 bus driver over rear-ending his car. As Russel chased the bus, the bus driver ran him over.
Yesterday, the HC ordered the company to pay the remaining compensation within May 22 and warned of consequences if they do not comply with the order.
However, the bench said, if not in full, the company can pay any sum of money to Russel by this time.
“Green Line Paribahan’s business has not stopped. We know what should be done if this court’s order is not followed through,” the HC bench of FRM Nazmul Ahasan and KM Kamrul Kader said during hearing of a writ petition.
Notably, Green Line has already paid Tk 5 lakh to Russel.
The bench issued the order when Green Line sought more time for paying the full sum.
The company’s lawyer Advocate Md Ozi Ullah told the court that the owner of Green Line Paribahan is unwell and he needs more time to comply with the HC order.
Adjourning yesterday’s hearing, the bench set May 22 for passing further order.
During hearing of the same writ petition, the HC bench on March 31 ordered Green Line to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel by April 3 and asked the company to inform it by April 4 after compliance. The company handed Tk 5 lakh to Russel on April 10, writ petitioner’s lawyer Advocate Khandker Shamsul Haque Reza told The Daily Star.