HC seeks mechanism on monetary relief for Blueline victims

New Delhi (PTI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the NCR government to suggest a mechanism for utilisation of Rs 40 lakhs collected as penalty from owners of Blueline buses involved in the fatal accidents.
The money was collected from the bus owners while ordering release of their vehicles kept at various police stations.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice A P Shah and Justice S Muralidhar asked Delhi Government counsel Mukta Gupta to inform it by July 30 about how Rs 40 lakh, presently deposited with the High Court Registry after releasing Blueline buses involved in the fatal accidents, to be disbursed to the victims as compensation.
“Instead of approaching the court for compensation under the statute, the victim should be provided with immediate relief by the government,” the Bench said.
Expressing concern over the traffic violation by the bus drivers, the Bench also sought a detailed report from the government explaining the factors responsible for the repeated blueline bus accidents taking place on the city roads including the drivers working hours.
“There is no traffic discipline in the city. Why can not there be exclusive bus stops for the Blueline and DTC buses,” the Bench asked the government counsel.
In its last hearing, the Bench had directed the District Judge to seek reports from Metropolitan Magistrates, who are dealing with the release of Blueline buses involved in the fatal accidents, about the money they have collected while releasing the buses.
The court has fixed Rs 50,000 for the release of the bus which caused grievous injury to the victim and Rs 1 lakh for those bluelines which were involved in fatal accidents.
The Bench has taken a suo motu cognisance over last year’s accident killing seven people including five women and a child and injuring eight others in Badarpur area.
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008
www.hindu.com

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