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KKRTC Bus seized over unpaid compensation after Court order

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Koppal: A Kalyana Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KKRTC) bus from the Badgi unit in the Haveri Transport Division has been impounded by court authorities as a result of the corporation’s delay in compensating the family of a deceased individual involved in a road accident.

The incident traces back to 2016 when Dawalbi Abdulsaab Hosmani, a resident of Hanumasagar in Kushtagi taluk, lost his life after being struck by a bus from the Badagi unit while walking along Ilakal road in the village. This led to a legal case registered at the Hanumasagar police station, which is still pending in the local court.

Recently, the court ruled that a compensation amounting to Rs 18.81 lakhs should be paid to the deceased’s family. Consequently, the Badagi transport unit was ordered to provide this compensation. When the corporation failed to fulfill this obligation, the court issued a warrant to impound the bus. This action was executed while the bus was en route to Badagi via Hanumasagar. The compensation, now totaling Rs 21.48 lakhs, inclusive of interest and additional charges, remains the responsibility of the transport company to pay.

This incident is part of a series of cases where court orders have led to the seizure of transport vehicles due to delays in settling compensation claims from accidents. In a recent instance, two buses linked to the Haveri depot were confiscated at the KSRTC bus stand following a court order. This decision resulted from the organization’s failure to fully satisfy the compensation owed to the families of accident victims.

The case that triggered these events dates back to a tragic 2013 collision between a transport bus from the Haveri depot and software engineer Sanjeev M. Patil near the Tumkur toll booth. The High Court subsequently ordered the payment of Rs 2,82,42,885 as compensation to Gauri Patil, the deceased’s wife. Despite a partial payment of Rs 2.20 crore, KKRTC remains liable for an additional Rs 1 crore, including interest accrued since 2016, to the deceased’s heirs.

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