Green Line gives Russel cheque of Tk five lakh


Green Line Paribahan on Wednesday presented a cheque of Tk five lakh to Russel Sarkar who lost his left leg after its speeding bus smashed his left leg at the Dolaipar end of Mayor Hanif Flyover in the capital on April 28, 2018.
GLP owner Md Alauddin gave the cheque to Russel in the courtroom to partially comply with High Court Division’s directive to him to pay Tk 50 lakh as Russel’s ‘exigency cost’.
The court ordered Alauddin to pay the remaining sum of Tk 45 lakh in one month and set May 12 for the next hearing to pass further orders.
The court also ordered Alauddin to arrange the replacement of Russel’s amputated left leg with a prosthesis in consultation with the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed.
Alauddin, present at the hearing, was also directed to arrange the treatment of Russel’s right leg.
The court ordered Alauddin to allow adequate rest to drivers to stop frequent road accidents.
Green Line owner made the partial payment to Russel after missing three deadlines since March 31, set by the High Court.
Alauddin told Russel that the cheque could be en-cashed after April 15.
Russel, his wife and their minor kid as well as his father and brother were present at the hearing in the bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader.
Russel told reporters that he was unhappy with the cheque of Tk five lakh as he had borrowed Tk 16 lakh for the ongoing treatment of his legs.
Earlier, the Appellate Division dismissed separate applications filed by the Bus Owners Association and the Green Line seeking stay on the HC order to it to pay the compensation to Russel.
Russel from Palashbari, Gaibandha was on the wheels of a microbus of a rent a car service when it was hit from the rear by Green Line bus when he came down from the microbus and demanded to why the Green Line bus driver hit his vehicle when altercations ensued between the two and at one point the Green Line bus sped away knocking Russel down when his left leg was smashed.
Russel’s left leg had to be amputated from above his knee, making it necessary for him to get an artificial limb.
On March 12, the High Court directed the Green Line Paribahan to pay by March 31 Tk 50 lakh to Russel Sarker.
Earlier, in a ruling, the High Court on May 14, 2018 asked Green Line to explain why it would not be directed to pay Tk one crore to Russel as compensation.
On behalf of Russel, his neighbour and Supreme Court lawyer Umme Kulsum Smrity, a former MP, filed the public interest litigation writ petition to press Russel’s case.