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Sant Lal Vs. Rajesh & Ors. Etc.

[Civil Appeal Nos. 8395-8396 of 2017 arising out of S.L.P. (C) Nos.35534-35535 of 2013]

ARUN MISHRA, J.

Leave granted.

The appeals have been preferred by the owner, aggrieved by the award passed by the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Bhiwani (for short, "the MACT"). The driver was driving a tractor which was attached to the trolley carrying goods. The MACT held that the same becomes transport vehicle though the driver was having licence to drive motor cycle, scooter, car, jeep and light motor vehicle. There was no endorsement to drive a transport vehicle. Thus, there was violation of the conditions of the policy. Driver was not having a valid licence to drive transport vehicle. Thus, after making payments to the claimant, right of recovery have been given to the insurer from owner.

The award has been affirmed by the High Court. Hence present appeals. This Court has considered the question whether the holder of licence for light motor vehicle can drive tractor attached to the trolley carrying goods and also whether separate endorsement is required authorizing him to drive such a transport vehicle? We have answered the question that driver having licence to drive light motor vehicle can drive such a transport vehicle of LMV class and there is no necessity to obtain separate endorsement, since tractor attached with the trolley was transport vehicle of the category of light motor vehicle. Hence, there was no breach of the conditions of the policy. Accordingly, in view of the answer given to reference by the three Judge Bench of this Court in Mukund Dewangan vs. Oriental Insurance Co. Ltd. etc. (Civil Appeal No.5826 of 2011), these appeals have to be allowed and are hereby allowed. The right given to the insurer to recover amount from owner is hereby set aside. The liability is held to be joint and several of owner, driver and insurer.

No costs.

.............................J. (ARUN MISHRA)

.............................J. (AMITAVA ROY)

JULY 3, 2017

NEW DELHI

Item No.1503 Court No.11 Section IV-B (For Judgment)

Supreme Court of India

Record of Proceedings

Sant Lal Vs. Rajesh and Ors Etc

[Civil Appeal Nos.8395-8396 of 2017 @ Petition(S) For Special Leave To Appeal (C) No(S). 35534-35535/2013]

Date: 03-07-2017

These matters were called on for pronouncement of judgment today.

For Petitioner(s)

Ms. Archana Pathak Dave, AOR

Mr. Vineet Bhagat, AOR

For Respondent(s)

Mr. Bharat Bhushan, AOR

Hon'ble Mr. Justice Arun Mishra pronounced the judgment of the Bench comprising His Lordship and Hon'ble Mr. Justice Amitava Roy.

Leave granted.

The appeals are allowed in terms of the signed reportable judgment.

B. Parvathi

Tapan Kumar Chakraborty

Court Master (SH)

Court Master

Signed reportable judgment is placed on the file

Item No.1503 Court No.11 Section IV-B (For Judgment)

Supreme Court of India

Record of Proceedings

Sant Lal Vs. Rajesh and Ors Etc

[Petition(s) for Special Leave to Appeal (C) No(s).35534-35535/2013 arising out of impugned final judgment and order dated 02-08-2013 in FAO No. 347/2011 passed by the High Court of Punjab & Haryana at Chandigarh]

(HEARD BY: HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE ARUN MISHRA

HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE AMITAVA ROY)

Date: 03-07-2017

These matters were called on for pronouncement of judgment today.

For Petitioner(s)

Ms. Archana Pathak Dave, AOR

Mr. Vineet Bhagat, AOR

For Respondent(s) Mr. Bharat Bhushan, AOR

UPON hearing the counsel the Court made the following

O R D E R

Leave granted.

The appeals are allowed in terms of the signed reportable judgment.

B. Parvathi

Tapan Kumar Chakraborty

Court Master (Sh)

Court Master

Signed reportable judgment is placed on the file


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