HC awards Rs 64 lakh compensation to road mishap victim’s kin
Lending credence to a few judgments of different High Courts and the Supreme Court, Justice G P Mittal held that potential income of a professional could validly be taken into account to ascertain compensatory amount for legal representatives.
“In my view, with her research and experience of 12 years after her post-graduation, she could have conveniently landed a job as an assistant professor in IIT...In view of the division bench judgment of Andhra Pradesh High Court, it would be appropriate to take her potential salary as that of an assistant professor in IIT,” noted Justice Mittal, while asking a nationalised insurance company to pay her family Rs 63.75 lakh as damages.
Mitashree Das, 35, had lost her life in a road accident in August 2010. A scientist in Biotechnology (Genetics), Mitashree had completed her MPhil from Delhi University and also registered herself as a Research Fellow for PhD in 2008.
While pursuing her PhD, she was conferred with the ‘Young Scientist Award’ in 2008 by Indian Society of Human Genetics. Mitashree also worked as a Research Fellow at a research centre at Amsterdam in Netherlands.
Before completion of her PhD, she was offered an annual package of euro 41,288 by the Department of Clinical Genetics, Netherlands, for two years,
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