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23 May, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Don’t deem generosity as weakness

Court warns Green Line Paribahan
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
Don’t deem generosity as weakness

The High Court (HC) yesterday expressed dissatisfaction over the failure of Green Line Paribahan (GLP) authorities to compensate Russel Sarkar, who lost his left leg after a GLP bus ran over him in April last year, in line with its order. The HC had ordered the GLP authorities to pay Tk 45 lakh to Sarkar by June 25.

The HC also warned GLP lawyer Adv Md Ozi-Ullah not to compel the court to be harsh. “Don’t consider our generosity as a weakness. We don’t want to be harsh but don’t compel us to become tough,” said the HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader while hearing on a writ petition filed seeking compensation for victim Sarkar.

The HC bench also warned the GLP authorities saying that it would take appropriate legal action so that the court order is implemented. During the hearing, Adv Md Ozi-Ullah withdrew himself as a lawyer for Green Line Paribahan, saying that he would not defend the transport company as it did not communicate with him after the previous order of the HC.

On May 15, the HC ordered Green Line Paribahan to give full compensation to Russel by May 22. Since paying Tk five lakh to Russel, the GLP authorities have not communicated their lawyer.

A luxury coach of Green Line Paribahan hit Sarkar’s car from behind as it stood stationary on the slope of Hanif Flyover in Dholaipar in the city on April 28 last year.

As Russel stepped out of the car to assess the damage to the car, bus driver Kabir Hossain, in an act that has drawn outrage for its sheer idiocy and callous disregard for a fellow human being, drove the bus over him and fled the scene.

On May 14, 2018, the HC issued a ruling asking why private car driver Russel, 23, should not get Tk1 crore as compensation.

In March, the Supreme Court upheld an HC order directing Green Line to pay Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarkar.

Later, in April, Green Line Paribahan handed over a cheque of Tk five lakh to Russel.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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