SENIOR DIVISIONAL MANAGER, PALAM STATION ROAD Vs. INDIRA
TAMIL NADU STATE CONSUMER DISPUTES REDRESSAL COMMISSION
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K.SAMPATH, J. -
(1.) The question for consideration in the appeal is whether the
complainants husband committed suicide or it was a case of accident.
It is seen from the records that the life assured died within 18 days
from the date of commencement of the policy itself. There was an
affidavit filed by the Village Administrative Officer stating that the
insured committed suicide. The District Forum, however, found that this
was not a case of suicide and awarded compensation in a sum of
Rs.1,16,000/- payable with interest at 9% per annum together with a sum
of Rs.500/- as costs.
(2.) Having gone through the materials on record, we took the view that the
matter could be settled on non-standard basis. Accordingly, we suggested
to the learned counsel for the insurance company to make an offer. The
learned counsel took instructions and reported to us that the insurance
company was prepared to pay a sum of Rs.50,000/- in full quits of the
claim of the complainant against the opposite party insurance company.
(3.) In our view, it is a very fair and reasonable offer. In spite of our
adjourning the matter several times, neither the respondent nor her
counsel chose to appear before us. Even today, there is no representation
for the respondent/complainant.;
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