8 July 2024


Judgments

Supreme Court

Shiv Kumar & Ors. vs. Gainda Lal & Ors.

MANU/SC/1377/2022

21.10.2022

Motor Vehicles

While considering the loss of dependency, 40% of the income is required to be added towards future prospects

The original claimants have preferred the present appeal to enhance the amount of compensation feeling aggrieved and dissatisfied with the impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court.

The Appellants ¬original claimants has vehemently submitted that, the High Court has committed a serious error in awarding the loss of dependency considering the income of the deceased at Rs.6,000¬ per month only. It is submitted that even the minimum wages payable to the skilled worker was much more than Rs.6,000¬ per month. It is submitted that even otherwise while awarding the loss of dependency, future prospect has not been taken into consideration at all.

At the relevant time, the deceased was a housewife aged 25 years only and there was contribution of the wife in the family and there is evidence that she was also doing the tuition work, present Court is of the opinion that, the High Court ought to have considered the income of the deceased at least Rs.7,500¬ per month. The High Court has also not considered the future prospects. As per the settled position of law while considering the loss of dependency 40% of the income is required to be added towards future prospects.

The claimants shall be entitled to a sum of Rs.1 lakh each instead of Rs.50,000¬ as awarded by the High Court for loss of foetus. The claimants – husband and the minor son shall also be entitled to Rs.40,000¬ each towards loss of consortium or loss of love and affection. To the aforesaid extent, the impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court is required to be modified.

The impugned judgment and order passed by the High Court is modified and it is directed that the appellants original claimants shall be entitled to a total sum of Rs.32,82,000¬ with interest at the rate of 7.5% per annum. Present appeal is accordingly allowed.

Tags : Compensation Enhancement Eligibility

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