“Insurer Should Deposit Award In Bank Account Maintained By MACT By RTGS/NEFT’: SC Issues Directions For Uniform Procedure In Granting Motor Accident Compensation

first_imgTop Stories”Insurer Should Deposit Award In Bank Account Maintained By MACT By RTGS/NEFT’: SC Issues Directions For Uniform Procedure In Granting Motor Accident Compensation LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 March 2021 10:15 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has issued a slew of directions regarding process of disbursement of compensation as well as expediting the matter before the MACTs across the country.According to these directions, jurisdictional police station has to submit an Accident Information Report about the accident to the tribunal and insurer within first 48 hours either over email or a dedicated website. They…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has issued a slew of directions regarding process of disbursement of compensation as well as expediting the matter before the MACTs across the country.According to these directions, jurisdictional police station has to submit an Accident Information Report about the accident to the tribunal and insurer within first 48 hours either over email or a dedicated website. They shall also submit a detailed accident report to them within three months.Following are the Directions issued by the bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash Reddy:A. Accident Information Report: The jurisdictional police station shall report the accident under Section 158(6) of the Act(Section 159 post 2019 amendment) (hereinafter “the report”) to the tribunal and insurer within first 48 hours either over email or a dedicated website.B. Detailed Accident Report: Police shall collect the documents relevant to the accident and for computation of compensation and shall verify the information and documents. These documents shall form part of the Report. It shall email the Report to the tribunal and the insurer within three months. Similarly the claimants may also be permitted to email the application for compensation with supporting documents, under Section 166 to the tribunal and the insurer within the same time.C. The tribunal shall issue summons along with the Report or the application for compensation, as the case may be, to the insurer by email.D. The insurer shall email their offer for settlement/response to the Report or the application for claim to the tribunal along with proof of service on the claimants.E. After passing the award, the tribunal shall email an authenticated copy of the award to the insurer.F. The insurer shall satisfy the award by depositing the awarded amount into a bank account maintained by the tribunal by RTGS or NEFT. For this purpose the tribunal shall maintain a bank account and record the relevant account details along with the directions for payment to the insurer in the award itself.G. Each tribunal shall create an email ID peculiar to its jurisdiction for receiving the emails from the police and the insurer as mentioned above. Similarly, all insurer throughout India shall also create an email ID peculiar to the jurisdiction of each claim tribunal. These email IDs would be prominently displayed at tribunal, the police stations and the office of the insurers for the benefit of the claimants. Similarly, these email IDS shall also be prominently displayed on the website maintained by the tribunal and the insurer. H. Insurers shall appoint nodal officers for each tribunal and provide their contact details, phone and mobile phone numbers, and email address to Director Generals of State Police and the tribunals.The court said that these directives apply across the country so that a uniform practice is followed. It also noted the following aspects mentioned in the report submitted by ASG Jayant K. Sud:(I) Tamil Nadu and NCT of Delhi have already progressed from having email accounts for submission of accident reports by the police to the tribunal and the insurer, to operating an online platform/website for submission of accident report under Section 159. These online platform/websites shall be suitably be modified for submission of claimants’ application for compensation under Section 166 of the Act as well insurers’ response to the accident report or the claim petition as the case may be.(J) Each State having an independent online platform for submission of accident reports, claims and responses to claims, will hamper efficient adjudication of claims, especially where the victim of the accident is not a resident of State where accident has occurred. Therefore, Central Government shall develop an online platform accessible to the tribunals, police authorities and insurers throughout India.Regarding these, the bench said it will issue further directions on 4th May, 2021.Amicus Curiae N Vijayraghavan and Advocate-on-Record Vipin Nair have also submitted the suggestions.Case: Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company Private Ltd. vs. Union of India [WPC 534/2020]Coram: Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and R. Subhash ReddyCitation: LL 2021 SC 166Click here to Read/Download Order Next Storylast_img

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