The Judge of the Fast Track Court, Vellore, A. Zakir Hussain, has directed United India Insurance Company Limited to pay compensation of Rs.54,56,538 to the family of K. Yoganandan (28), a scientist working in Thailand who was killed in a road accident near Vellore four years ago.

According to a petition filed by Yoganandan's wife Senthilvadivu and his son Chandradutt, when the couple were travelling in a car, a truck coming in the opposite direction dashed against the vehicle at Ramalinganagar in Bagayam on May 7, 2006.

Senthilvadivu and Chandradutt had claimed compensation of Rs.1,16,60,000.

In another petition, C. Gandhi (21), the car driver who was injured in the accident, claimed compensation of Rs.5.35 lakh.

Disposing of the two petitions on Wednesday, the Fast Track Court Judge directed the insurance company to pay a compensation of Rs.1.65 lakh to Mr. Gandhi.