Man told to pay Rs 20 lakh to accident victim’s parents

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Dec 27, 2015 10:57 IST

Seven hours after being involved in an accident in which a 17-year-old girl was killed, a vehicle owner purchased an insurance policy to pass on the liability of compensation on to the insurance company.

The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal directed Randhir Singh of Rampur Kalan in SAS Nagar to pay a compensation of Rs 20.7 lakh to parents of the accident victim, Jasbir Kaur, whom Randhir was going to drop at her college on his two-wheeler.

The tribunal observed: “Two girls were riding pillion on Randhir’s scooter which in itself depicts his negligence. In order to avoid his liability, Randhir tried to purchase an insurance cover note by concealing factum of occurrence of the accident in the morning.”

The accident took place on August 5, 2014, when Jasbir, a student of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Landran, and her friend Gurpreet Kaur (Randhir’s daughter), were riding pillion on the scooter. Randhir applied brakes and Jasbir fell on the road and was run over by an unidentified vehicle neat Tangori.

Randhir sought dismissal of the claim saying the scooter was insured with IFFCO-TOKIO General Insurance Company and it should pay the claim.

The insurance company said it was not liable to pay the claim as the vehicle was not insured at the time of the accident. The policy was purchased at 3.18pm on August 25, 2014, while the accident took place at 8.20am.

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