HC Asks Green Line
Pay Russel Tk 50 lakh by Apr 10 or face confiscation of buses
Published : Friday, 5 April, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 758
The High Court on Thursday set a deadline along with a stern warning for Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh compensation to Russel Sarker by April 10 or face confiscation of its buses the following day.
The court has asked the transport giant to stop selling tickets from April 11, if it fails to pay the penalty in the form of compensation to Russell, 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.
An HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a petition and fixed April 10 for passing further order on the issue. "If you fail to pay, stop selling bus tickets from April 11 to avoid public sufferings," the court told Abdus Sattar, the General Manger of the company, as he appeared before it around 2:00pm Thursday as per its order passed earlier in the day.
Secretary General of the rights group Jatri Kalyan Samity Mozammel Hoque Chowdhury hailed the HC order terming it as a milestone. "The court order will give a strong message to the section of the people which has created an anarchic situation in the transport sector," he told the Daily Observer.
Russel, 26, a rent a car driver, lost his leg from below the knee after he was deliberately crushed by the driver of a bus of Green Line Paribahan on Mayor Hanif Flyover at the capital's Dholaipar on April 4 last year.
The rude bus driver, Kabir Hossain, crushed Russel under the wheel of the bus following an altercation with him as the bus of Green Line Paribahan had hit his vehicle from behind.
The court on Thursday morning become annoyed after hearing that the transport company did not comply with the Supreme Court order to pay the compensation. The court summoned the manager of Green Line Paribahan and asked him to appear before the court by 2:00pm and explain his failure to provide Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar.
Following the order, general manager of the transport company Abdus Sattar appeared before the court and informed it that the owner of the company went to India for treatment on March 29 and will return on April 9.
Khandaker Shamsul Haq Reza stood for the petitioner while Advocate Aziullah represented Green Line.
Earlier on March 31, the Appellate Division upheld a High Court Division order asking Green Line Paribahan to pay Tk 50 lakh to the accident victim, Russel Sarkar.
A four-member Appellate bench, headed led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, issued the order rejecting an appeal by the company seeking a stay on the High Court order.
Later, the HC bench on March 31 asked the Green Line Paribahan authorities to submit a progress report after providing the compensation money.
But as the Green Line Paribahan authorities failed to comply with the court order, the High Court expressed its annoyance and said the operation of Green Line Paribahan service would be suspended if they fail to provide the compensation money to the victim, if needed.
The High Court also said all the vehicles of Green Line Paribahan will be put on auction after confiscating those to provide the compensation.
Earlier on May 14 last year, the High Court asked Green Line Paribahan to explain within four weeks why Russel should not get Tk 1 crore as compensation.
On March 12 this year, the court ordered the company to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel in two weeks as compensation and for his treatment.