The Madras High Court has directed that the compensation to a road accident victim should be made only through wire transfer to the claimant’s bank account.
Prescribing a set of guidelines to the Motor Accident Claims Tribunals in the State, a Division Bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and S. Vaidyanathan noted that the directions has been issued with an intention to safeguard the interest of accident victims and their families, ensuring that they get the full compensation awarded by tribunals.
“We are alive to the fact that a large number of victims/claimants are illiterates or uneducated and they are unable to wade through the justice delivery system. They become victims of delayed compensation and settle for lesser compensation as against recipient of just compensation,” the Bench said.
The judges said, “The tribunals shall without exception, at the time of commencement of trial and evidence on the side of claimants, obtain and ensure that the bank account details of all the claimants is made available.”
It shall also obtain the PAN of all the claimants.
The court further directed tribunals to ensure that the insurance companies or such other entities held liable to pay the compensation, to deposit the award granted to the credit of the bank account of the tribunal directly by National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) or Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) mode. The tribunal shall then disburse the compensation directly to the credit of the bank account of the beneficiary, the Bench added.
It was disposing of an appeal moved by Rajesh, Narayan, and A.N. Hareesha challenging the quantum of compensation awarded to them by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Mahe.