10 June 2024


Judgments

High Court of Madhya Pradesh

Branch Manager, Cholamandalam M.S. General Insurance Company Ltd. Vs. Nandlal Dhakad and Ors.

MANU/MP/0176/2021

01.03.2021

Motor Vehicles

Using any thrasher affixed to the vehicle, will be treated as use of the vehicle (tractor) and as tractor was insured, insurance company is liable to pay compensation

This Misc. Appeal under Section 173(1) of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 has been preferred by the Appellant-Insurance Company, assailing the Award passed by Second Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal, whereby, a total compensation of Rs. 6,73,000 has been awarded to the claimants on account of the death of deceased.

The Appellant-insurance company argued that, the impugned award is against the settled principle of law and also contrary to the facts and material on record. The Tribunal did not properly appreciate provisions of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. The conclusion drawn with regard to death of deceased by thrasher while using tractor is erroneous. As thrasher machine was not insured with the insurance company, therefore, the insurance company is not liable to pay the compensation. As only tractor was insured, therefore the Tribunal has erred in passing the award against the appellant-insurance company. Hence, prayed for allowing the present appeal with costs and setting aside the impugned award.

In Kalim Khan and Ors. vs. Fimidabee and Ors., the Hon'ble Apex Court has observed that, the word 'use of vehicle' used under Motor Vehicles Act and using any thrasher affixed to the vehicle, will be treated as use of the vehicle (tractor). In the light of above, it is held that since the thrasher was attached with the tractor and was functional with the help of tractor and the tractor was insured with the insurance company, therefore, insurance company is liable to pay the compensation. The appeal filed by the insurance company is dismissed.

Relevant

Kalim Khan and Ors. vs. Fimidabee and Ors. MANU/SC/0677/2018

Tags : Award Compensation Legality

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