The Appellate Division on Tuesday directed the High Court Division to constitute an independent committee for fixing the liability of Rajib Hasan’s death in road accident in the capital on April 3.
Student of Government Titumir College, Rajib’s right forearm was severed in the accident when he was on his way to college as a footboard passenger in a packed BRTC double-decker.
From behind a Sajan Paribahan bus while trying to overtake rubbed the BRTC bus from the left side and his right hand got severed.
On April 17, Rajib succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
The apex court also asked the High Court Division to direct the committee to submit its report ‘assessing the liability’ within 30 days.
The High Court Division was also asked to direct the liable party or parties to pay adequate compensation to Rajib Hasan’s two minor brothers, Mehdi Hasan, 15, and Abdullah Hasan, 14.
Both the brothers were present at the Appellate Division hearing with their maternal aunt Jahanara Begum.
The three brothers, from Baufal, Patuakhali, lost both the parents early in life.
With what he earned as private tutor, Rajib used to bear the cost of education of himself as well as his brothers.
He lived at a mess at Jatrabari.
The Appellate Division also stayed a High Court Division directive that had asked the BRTC and Sajan Paribahan to jointly pay Tk one crore as compensations to Rajib’s siblings.
A four-judge bench chaired by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain gave the directives while disposing of separate petitions of BRTC and Sajan Paribahan seeking stay on the High Court Division directing asking them to pay the compensations.
The two younger brothers were dependent on Rajib.
BRTC and Sajan Paribahan were asked by the High Court Division to pay 50 per cent of the total compensation within one month and submit the compliance report at the next hearing on June 25.
The High Court Division ordered for the payment of compensation after hearing a public interest writ petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer Ruhul Quddus Kazal.
The two-judge bench of the High Court Division comprised of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque.
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