Driver and owner of three-wheeler to pay for damaging HC judge's car

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2015 09:23 IST

The driver and owner of a three-wheeler have been directed by motor accidents claims tribunal to pay with interest for the repair of a vehicle of Punjab and Haryana high court judge, which was damaged in an accident.

Driver of the three-wheeler Harjeet Singh who hails from Yamuna Nagar, and its owner Kanwal Jit Singh, a resident of Yamuna Nagar, have been directed to jointly pay Rs 5.67 lakhs, the amount spent on the repair of the damaged vehicle, with an interest of 7.5%.

Disposing of a claim filed by registrar, Punjab and Haryana High Court, the owner of the vehicle, the accidents claims tribunal presided over by Roopam Singh held the driver rash and negligent in driving, which led to the accident.

The tribunal on Monday held, "Harjeet Singh drove the vehicle in a rash and negligent manner, bumping it into the car which caused a tractor-trolley to damage its left side from behind."

The tribunal ordered the three wheeler's insurer Oriental insurance company ltd. to pay the compensation and then recover it from the owner of the offending vehicle.

The case

Mahesh Grover, judge at Punjab and Haryana High Court was travelling from Chandigarh to Yamuna Nagar on November 26, 2011, in Corolla Altis.

At about 5:15 pm, when the car reached near Sadora Bilaspur Road, a three wheeler hit the car and a tractor-trolly approaching from behind, scratched its left side.


Harjeet Singh was proceeded ex-parte as none appeared despite summons. Vehicle owner Kanwal Jit Singh claimed to have sold the three-wheeler to driver Harjeet Singh prior to the accident. But nothing was found on record to prove the viability of Kanwal Jit Singh's claims.

Meanwhile Oriental insurance company said it was not liable to pay as the vehicle was being driven in violation to the terms and conditions and that it was being used beyond permit.

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