By Our Staff Reporter
CHENNAI, MARCH 17. All further proceedings in five motor accident claims cases pending before the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals/Fast Track Court, Pudukottai, have been stayed by the Madras High Court.
Justice K.P. Sivasubramaniam granted the interim stay on a petition filed by the Coimbatore regional branch of the National Insurance Company, which had also prayed for a direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), to investigate the genuineness of the five cases handled by the Inspector of Police, Panaiyappatti.
Conceding that there were hundreds of claims, which were "not true and genuine," the petitioner-company said, "in some cases, vehicles were falsely implicated and records fabricated.
In some other cases, persons not connected with the accidents were made to own the responsibility so as to fasten unnecessary liabilities on the insurance companies."
The stakes in such claims ran into crores of rupees, the company said.
"A whole lot of conspirators are involved in fabricating a set of circumstances to get an award against the insurance companies. In Namakkal, insurance companies have been forced to appeal against the local police for criminal prosecution of fabricators."
It said investigation conducted by private detectives engaged by the insurance companies revealed that such fabrications were rampant and that the companies had become easy targets for unnecessary liabilities.
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