INDIAN MUTUAL GENERAL INSURANCE SOCIETY LTD Vs. MANZOOR ASHAN
HIGH COURT OF CALCUTTA
INDIAN MUTUAL GENERAL INSURANCE SOCIETY LTD
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T.K.Basu, J. -
(1.)This is an appeal from an order of the learned Judge, Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Cases Tribunal, Burdwan dated the 31st August 1966. The petitioners before the Tribunal were the sons, daughters and the widow of one Mohammad Ahsan who had died in an accident on the 11th January, 1966. The case of the petitioners was that the truck No. BRN 4761 was being driven rashly and negligently as a result of which it met with an accident near Rani Bundh on the Grand Trunk Road as a result of which the said Mohammad Ahsan received severe injuries. He was removed to Rani Bundh Primary Health Centre and he died on the same date. If was the case of the petitioners that the deceased was a contractor by occupation and his monthly earnings came to about Rs. 500 which was the only source of maintenance for his family. The petitioners claimed Rs. 30,000 by way of compensation before the Tribunal,
(2.)The owner of the truck did not appear or contest the claim. The claim was however contested by the appellant with whom the truck was insured. The learned Tribunal rightly held that since the owner of the truck did not contest the claim, the evidence on the question of rash and negligent driving was necessarily ex parte and the Insurance Company was not entitled to challenge that evidence.
(3.)The only question that the appellant before us could and did agitate before the Tribunal was that it was not liable under the policy of insurance for the claim on behalf of the deceased. The learned Tribunal however came to the conclusion that the petitioners were to get a sum of Rs. 12,000 as compensation and the appellant was to pay the amount
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