HC judge urges insurance firms to be humame

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Chennai, Sep 11 (UNI) The Madras High Court Legal Services Committee Chairman Justice P K Misra has urged Insurance officials not to entertain fake and bogus accident claims in the state.

Making an appeal during a press meet yesterday, organised to announce the holding of a Mega Lok Adalat on September 14 at the High Court premises to settle nearly 300 pending cases, Justice Misra urged the insurance companies to adopt a more humane, just and liberal attitude while considering the compensation quantum to the victims of motor accidents.

Reminding the insurance officials of the Supreme Court observation that third party insurance was not meant to get them profits, the senior Judge of the High Court said insurance companies, particularly those in the public sector, had a social obligation to fulfil.

Stating that eight sitting judges of the High Court would sit on panels along with social workers and advocates, Justice Misra said the appeals arising out of death and injury would be settled through mutual discussion to reach amicable settlements.

When there was no factual dispute and no question of law to be settled, matters could be resolved through Lok Adalats, he said, adding that claimants must not feel that they were being paid lesser compensation than they ought to receive.

Justice Misra said in future matters pertaining to land acquisition, family disputes and partition suits could be taken up through Lok Adalats.

A seminar on 'Concept of ADR- Modern Trends in Commercial Law' would be organised on September 14 at the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Academy from 0930 hrs.

Judges of the Supreme Court Arijit Pasayat, P Sathasivam and S H Kapadia, would participate in the seminar that would have sessions on the concept of ADR and third party insurance.

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