The tribunal directed New India Assurance Company, with which the offending truck was insured, to pay Rs 20,02,952 as compensation to the wife, mother and two minor daughters of south Delhi resident Gurcharan Singh, who died after being hit by a truck while on his way back home last year.

While awarding the compensation, the tribunal relied on the testimonies of Singh's wife and two witnesses who were near the accident spot and had taken the victim to a hospital.

"Petitioners (family members) have been able to prove that deceased (Singh) suffered fatal injuries due to rash and negligent driving of the truck by the driver," MACT Presiding Officer Ajay Kumar Jain said.

The tribunal also relied on the documents submitted by the petitioners, including mechanical inspection report, FIR and post-mortem report of Singh.

It also noted that the driver, owner and insurance company did not lead any contrary evidence.

According to the family's petition, on May 22, 2013, Singh, a distributor of incense sticks, was on his way home at around 11 PM and when he reached near Savitri Cinema in Greater Kailash- II, he was hit by the rashly and negligently driven truck.

Due to the impact, he fell down and sustained fatal injuries. He was taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre where he was declared brought dead by the doctors.

An FIR for the offences of rash driving and causing death by negligence under the IPC was also lodged against the truck driver.

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