MAC Apps. Nos. 129 and 133/2013. Case: The United India Insurance Company Ltd. Vs Bhajana Sinha and Ors.. Tripura High Court

Case NumberMAC Apps. Nos. 129 and 133/2013
Party NameThe United India Insurance Company Ltd. Vs Bhajana Sinha and Ors.
CounselFor Appellant: P. Gautam, Advocate and For Respondents: H. Debnath, U. Chanda and Samarjit Bhattacharji, Advocates
JudgesT. Vaiphei, C.J.
IssueMotor Vehicles
Judgement DateJanuary 04, 2017
CourtTripura High Court

Judgment:

T. Vaiphei, C.J., (At Agartala)

  1. These two appeals arising out of the same accident are directed against two separate judgments bearing the same date, i.e. 27-2-2013 passed by the learned Member, Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Court No. 4, West Tripura in T.S. (MAC) No. 128 of 2012 and T.S.(MAC) No. 134 of 2012 awarding compensations to two sets of claimants.

  2. The factum of the vehicular accident taking place on 27-1-2012 resulting in the death of one Shibhu Singh, husband of the claimant-respondent No. 1 and father of the claimant respondent No. 2 in the first of the appeals and of the death of one Haladhar Malakar, husband of the claimant-respondent No. 1 of the second of the appeals, is not in dispute. In the first of the appeal, the deceased died leaving behind him his wife, the claimant-respondent No. 1 and his minor-daughter, was found to be 28 years old at the time of the accident and was a bus driver by occupation and earned an income of ` 6,000/- per month at the time of the accident. In the second of the appeals, i.e. MAC Appeal No. 133 of 2013, the deceased was found to be a bachelor at the age of 23 years, when he died of the vehicular accident and is survived by his mother, was aged about 48 years, and was found to be a driver and earning ` 6,000/- per month. The claim petition was filed by his mother. Three contentions advanced by Mr. P. Gautam, the learned counsel for the appellant/insurer in both the appeals to attack the impugned judgment, are (i) the Tribunal has erred in adopting the multiplier of 17 on the basis of the age of the deceased for the purpose of multiplier and not on the age of the parents; (ii) the imposition of penal interest of 9% per annum on the compensation is ex facie illegal and without jurisdiction and (iii) the Tribunal also committed illegality by making addition of future income to the extent of 30% when the legality of the decision rendered by the Apex Court in Sarla Verma v. DTC, (2009) 6 SCC 121 has been referred to a larger Bench by the Apex Court in National Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Pushpa, (2015) 9 SCC 166 and is yet to be decided. He, therefore, strenuously urges this Court to set aside the impugned judgment or otherwise modifies thereof so that the claimants-respondents in both the appeals are not granted disproportionate and excessive amount of compensations. The impugned judgment is, however, supported by the Mr. H. Debnath, the learned counsel for the claimant-respondents and submits that the compensations were granted by the Tribunal after taking into account all materials available on record and justly, for which the interference is not called for. He also submits that the fact that the decision of the Apex Court in Sarla Verma (supra) adding 30% in income...

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