The tribunal's Presiding Officer Mohinder Virat asked the Army to pay Rs 14,53,996 to the wife of 57-year-old Mukandi Lal, who was working with Rajputana Rifles Regiment Centre, Delhi Cantonment here.
    
"Admittedly the offending vehicle was being driven by respondent no. 1 (truck driver) which was owned by the Indian Army, therefore, respondents are held jointly and severally liable to pay awarded amount," the tribunal said.
    
"The awarded amount be deposited by respondent no. 2 (Indian Army) with State Bank of India, Dwarka Court Complex Branch, Sector¬ 10, Dwarka, New Delhi within 30 days from today in the respective name...," it added.
    
The court noted that the Army truck driver Chandan Kumar Giri was facing court martial proceedings in connection with the accident.

"All this goes to show that the respondent No 1 (driver of the vehicle) was negligent by not taking care of other smaller vehicles moving on the road," the tribunal said.
    
According to the petition filed by Lal's family members, on August 12, 2008, Lal was riding a bicycle in Delhi Cantonment area here when the offending truck hit him and he received fatal injuries.
    
The driver, along with the vehicle, fled from the spot. An FIR was lodged against him with the police and he was arrested later on, the petition said.

The truck driver had claimed that Lal fell down on the road due to his own negligence as he was carrying a bundle of clothes on his bicycle. The tribunal, however, rejected his contention.

(Agencies)

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