An accident victim’s family took possession of a bus in Krishnagiri, because the State Express Transport Corporation did not pay court-ordered compensation in a motor vehicle accident case.

A Government bus belonging to the State Express Transport Corporation was attached by a court in Krishnagiri on Wednesday. This is the third such bus to be attached in the recent past due to the failure to pay compensation as per court orders in a motor vehicle accident case.

An ultra deluxe SETC bus with registration number TN 01 N 7092 operating between Bangalore and Chennai was attached by the local court authorities at the New Bus Stand at Krishnagiri.

The case relates to a textile merchant, C. Kesavan, 50, hailing from Thachur village near Thirupathur who died when an SETC bus overturned opposite the Krishnagiri collectorate on November 9, 2005. His wife K. Vijaya and 3 daughters filed a case in Krishnagiri court. The court ordered SETC to pay compensation of Rs. 7 lakhs to the family through its judgement on November 1, 2008.

Even after that the Corporation’s officials did not turn up in response to the court notices. The aggrieved party then filed an execution petition in December 2008.

Chief Judicial Magistrate C. Padmanabhan ordered attachment of an SETC bus and said it must be handed over to the next of kin of the deceased. The bus was taken to the court premises and handed over to Ms. K. Vijaya, who later took the bus to her home town.

This is the third such attachment in the recent past in Krishnagiri. The authorities paid the compensation amount in two cases and retrieved the buses.

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