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Sec.163 – A , sec. 140 of M.V. Act – due to conflicte judgment over scope of sec. 163 -A in United India Insurance Company Ltd. v. Shila Datta and others [(2011) 10 SCC 509], and National Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Nicolletta Rohtagi [(2002) 7 SCC 456]. , it was referred to larger bench = United India Insurance Company Ltd. … Appellant Versus Sunil Kumar & Anr. … Respondents – Reported in http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/filename=40914

Sec.163 – A , sec. 140 of M.V. Act – due to conflicte judgment over scope of sec. 163 -A in United India Insurance Company Ltd. v. Shila Datta  and  others  [(2011)  10 SCC 509],  and National Insurance Co. Ltd. v. Nicolletta Rohtagi  [(2002)  7  SCC  456]. , it was referred to larger bench   =    We are, therefore, of the … Continue reading

can an Insurance Company disown its liability on the ground that the driver of the vehicle although duly licensed to drive light motor vehicle but there was no endorsement in the licence to drive light motor vehicle used as commercial vehicle.= The heading “Insurance of Motor Vehicles against Third Party Risks” given in Chapter XI of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (Chapter VIII of 1939 Act) itself shows the intention of the legislature to make third party insurance compulsory and to ensure that the victims of accident arising out of use of motor vehicles would be able to get compensation for the death or injuries suffered. The provision has been inserted in order to protect the persons travelling in vehicles or using the road from the risk attendant upon the user of the motor vehicles on the road. To overcome this ugly situation, the legislature has made it obligatory that no motor vehicle shall be used unless a third party insurance is in force. 18. Reading the provisions of Sections 146 and 147 of the Motor Vehicles Act, it is evidently clear that in certain circumstances the insurer’s right is safeguarded but in any event the insurer has to pay compensation when a valid certificate of insurance is issued notwithstanding the fact that the insurer may proceed against the insured for recovery of the amount. Under Section 149 of the Motor Vehicles Act, the insurer can defend the action inter alia on the grounds, namely, (i) the vehicle was not driven by a named person, (ii) it was being driven by a person who was not having a duly granted licence, and (iii) person driving the vehicle was disqualified to hold and obtain a driving licence. Hence, in our considered opinion, the insurer cannot disown its liability on the ground that although the driver was holding a licence to drive a light motor vehicle but before driving light motor vehicle used as commercial vehicle, no endorsement to drive commercial vehicle was obtained in the driving licence. In any case, it is the statutory right of a third party to recover the amount of compensation so awarded from the insurer. It is for the insurer to proceed against the insured for recovery of the amount in the event there has been violation of any condition of the insurance policy. In the instant case, admittedly the driver was holding a valid driving licence to drive light motor vehicle. There is no dispute that the motor vehicle in question, by which accident took place, was Mahindra Maxi Cab. Merely because the driver did not get any endorsement in the driving licence to drive Mahindra Maxi Cab, which is a light motor vehicle, the High Court has committed grave error of law in holding that the insurer is not liable to pay compensation because the driver was not holding the licence to drive the commercial vehicle. The impugned judgment is, therefore, liable to be set aside. 20. We, therefore, allow this appeal, set aside the impugned judgment of the High Court and hold that the insurer is liable to pay the compensation so awarded to the dependants of the victim of the fatal accident. However, there shall be no order as to costs.

published in http://judis.nic.in/supremecourt/filename=40464   Page 1 REPORTABLE IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CIVIL APPELLATE JURISDICTION CIVIL APPEAL NO… 4834 OF 2013 (Arising out of Special Leave Petition (Civil) No.5091 of 2009) S. IYYAPAN Appellant (s) VERSUS M/S UNITED INDIA INSURANCE COMPANY LTD. AND ANOTHER Respondent(s) JUDGMENT M.Y. Eqbal, J.: Leave granted. 2. The right of the … Continue reading

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