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Green Line Paribahan Appeal Rejected

SC Upholds order to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel

Published : Monday, 1 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 826

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a High Court (HC) order asking Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar, who lost his left leg after being hit by a bus of the company on Dhaka's Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover on April 28 last year.
A four-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order rejecting an appeal by the company seeking a stay on the HC order.
Now, Green Line Paribahan must pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar following the Supreme Court order, his lawyer Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza told journalists. "The driver of that bus crushed private car driver Russel intentionally as the two locked in an altercation and Russel chased down the bus for ramming his car. Russel's left leg got severed from below the knee after falling under the bus," Advocate Reza said.
Lawyer Umme Kulsum filed a writ petition with the HC on May 14 last year, seeking compensation for Russell.
On March 12, the HC directed Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel in two weeks as compensation and for his treatment purposes.
During the primary hearing on the appeal, Russell told the court that the Green Line authorities were yet to assist him financially. And that they did not even inquire about him or carry out his medical expenses.   
After hearing Green Line's explanation of the accident on March 12, the HC ordered Tk 50 lakh in payment to Russell within two weeks. The court also issued a rule asking why the Green Line authorities should not be ordered to pay him in millions. The chamber judge on March 14 stayed the HC order and sent the matter to the Appellate Division for a hearing after the Green Line authorities filed a plea asking for a stay on the HC order.  Abdul Baset Majumder and Md Oziullah attended the hearing on Sunday on behalf of Green Line Paribahan in the Appellate Division. Khabir Uddin Bhuiyan represented the writ petitioner.

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