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Case Name : Divisional Manager, National Insurance Co. Ltd. Vs Sunil Majhi (Orissa High Court)
Appeal Number : MACA No.253 of 2019
Date of Judgement/Order : 21/03/2022
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Divisional Manager, National Insurance Co. Ltd. Vs Sunil Majhi (Orissa High Court)

HC held that no logic is there in the contention of the Appellant that because the accused is involved in more than one accident at different points of time, the claim of compensation contemplated under Sec.166 of the M.V. Act would be nullified on that ground.

In the result, the appeal is dismissed and the Appellant-Insurance Company is directed to deposit the entire award amount along with interest in terms of directions of the Tribunal within a period of two months from today which shall be disbursed in favour of the claimant.

On deposit of the award amount before the learned Tribunal and filing of a receipt evidencing the deposit with a refund application before this Court, the statutory deposit made before this Court with accrued interest thereon shall be refunded to the Appellant-Insurance Company.

FULL TEXT OF THE JUDGMENT/ORDER OF ORISSA HIGH COURT

1. Heard Mr. P.K. Panda, learned counsel for the Appellant- Insurance Company as well as Mr. P.K. Mishra, learned counsel for the Respondent No.-claimant.

2. Present appeal by the insurer is directed against the common judgment dated 7.9.2018 of learned 1st MACT, Keonjhar in MAC Case No.156/2017 and MAC Case No.157/2017. The present appeal is in respect of MAC Case No.156/2017 wherein learned Tribunal has granted compensation to the tune of Rs.65,000/-along with 7% interest per annum to the claimant from the date of filing of the claim application, i.e.21.7.2017 on account of injury sustained by the claimant in the motor vehicular accident dated 30.4.2017.

3. It is contended on behalf of the Appellant that the accused, who was the driver of the motorcycle bearing Regd. No.OD-09-F-6157 is a habitual offender of causing road traffic accident and two other cases against him is pending at Keonjhar and Cuttack. Therefore, the claim of the present claimant to get compensation on account of injury sustained in the alleged motor vehicular accident is not tenable in the eye of law.

4. This contention of the Appellant is rejected out-right since no evidence with regard to such contention has been brought before the learned Tribunal. Secondly, no logic is there in the contention of the Appellant that because the accused is involved in more than one accident at different points of time, the claim of compensation contemplated under Sec.166 of the M.V. Act would be nullified on that ground.

Insurance claim cannot be denied merely for alleged involvement of Person Insured in Multiple Motor Accidents

5. In the result, the appeal is dismissed and the Appellant-Insurance Company is directed to deposit the entire award amount along with interest in terms of directions of the Tribunal within a period of two months from today which shall be disbursed in favour of the claimant.

6. On deposit of the award amount before the learned Tribunal and filing of a receipt evidencing the deposit with a refund application before this Court, the statutory deposit made before this Court with accrued interest thereon shall be refunded to the Appellant-Insurance Company.

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