Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has enhanced the compensation awarded to the widow of a Police head constable by a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal saying it had done a miscalculation in respect of the victim’s remaining employable years.

The tribunal had awarded a compensation of Rs.4.89 lakh to the widow by multiplying the average annual income with 12 years of his service left. But Justice Kailash Gambhir of the High Court enhanced the compensation amount to Rs.7.12 lakh by multiplying the average annual income of the deceased with 15 years of his unfinished service as he was 45 years old at the time of his death.

Mr. Justice Gambhir took into consideration the emotional loss and the widow’s family liabilities while fixing the compensation amount.

The petitioner, Lalita Yadav, submitted that the tribunal had miscalculated her compensation as well as ignored the incalculable loss of love and affection due to the death of her husband, Shrikant Yadav.

Mr. Yadav had died in an accident when an auto-rickshaw hit him near Peeragarhi crossing on Rohtak Road in West Delhi in 1997. Lalita Yadav had filed a petition in the tribunal seeking compensation in the same year. The tribunal had awarded the compensation in 2003. She had moved the High Court the same year seeking enhancement.