Green Line continues disobeying High Court order

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

High CourtGreen Line Paribahan has been continuously defying the order passed by the High Court as the company refrained from paying Tk 500,000 as monthly instalments to Russel Sarker, whose left leg was severed after getting crushed by one of its buses in the capital, reports BSS.

An HC bench comprising justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader has set 21 July to pass further order in this regard.

“They have not complied with the court’s order to pay Tk 500,000 as monthly instalment. They didn’t even contact (the victim),” advocate Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza, who is moving for a writ filed in this regard, told newsmen.

Green Line Paribahan counsel Wazi Ullah said he has decided to withdraw his name from the case as the transport company has been repeatedly disobeying the court’s order.

Earlier on 25 June, the High Court asked the company to pay Tk 500,000 as monthly instalments to clear rest of Tk 4.5 million of the compensation to Russel Sarker.

The company gave Russel Tk 500,000 on 10 April after it was ordered to pay him Tk 5 million as compensation.

The court had also asked Green Line’s lawyer to pay the instalment money by 7 of each month and submit a report of that by 15.

The Court gave one-month time to the company to pay the remaining Tk 4.5 million.

But the transport company did not give any more money to Russel. Rather, it comes up with new excuses on each hearing date.

During today’s (Tuesday) hearing, Green Line Paribahan counsel Md Wazi Ullah pleaded to reduce the compensation amount and give them opportunity to pay the money in instalments.

The HC, in response, said they cannot reduce the money as the compensation order was upheld by the Appellate Division.

The HC on 22 May expressed discontent as the bus service company did not comply with its order of paying Tk 4.5 million to Russel Sarker.

On 15 May it ordered the company to pay the money to Russel by 22 May. Earlier on 4 April, the court had extended time by 10 April for the company to give Tk 5 million to Russel Sarker, or else not to sell any ticket from 11 April.

The court came up with the order as the transport company failed to comply with the court directives to give the money by that day.

On 31 March, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court upheld a High Court order that had asked Green Line Paribahan authorities to give Tk 5 million to Russel Sarker.

The High Court later on that day, ordered the accused party to give the money by 3 April.

The same bench of the High Court on 12 March had passed the initial order, asking Green Line Paribahan to pay the money within two weeks.

The court had come up with the order after hearing a petition submitted in this regard.

“Driver of that bus crushed private car driver Russel intentionally as the two logged in an altercation on Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover on 28 April 2018. Russel’s left leg got severed after coming under the bus,” advocate Khandaker Shamsul Haque Reza had told newsmen.

After the filing of the writ petition, the HC on 14 May 2018 issued a rule. On 12 March, the court had passed the order after holding hearing on that rule.

“The court ordered Green Line Paribahan to provide all the medical expenses for Russel and arrange fitting a prosthetic limb for him,” advocate Reza added.

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