The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought a status report from insurance companies on claims for properties damaged during the recent Jat quota agitation in Haryana.
The high court also directed the Haryana government and the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) to file a reply on claims by April 7.
Panchkula resident advocate Arvind Seth had filed a public interest litigation (PIL) in the high court seeking streamlining the claims of damages to victims of violence during the Jat quota stir, following which the court on February 27 issued notices to the Union government and public sector insurance companies operating in Haryana.
The petitioner pointed out that during the Jat agitation, property of people, including vehicles, shops, stocks and houses, was damaged. The petitioner said the victims who had got their vehicles, shops and stocks insured were facing inconvenience in getting claims owing to laborious procedure.
The PIL sought directions to insurance companies to appoint special nodal officers to deal with claims. The petitioner also urged the court to direct the insurance companies to relax procedure of claims, besides urging the government to invoke the General Insurance Public Sector Association (GIPSA) policy which was brought into force in Jammu and Kashmir in 2014 during floods to compensate victims.
The petitioner also urged the court to seek status report regarding the claim cases, besides direction to insurance companies to clear claims in a time-bound manner.