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The Motor Vehicles Act, 1988

141. Provisions as to other right to claim compensation for death or permanent disablement.

  1. The right  to claim compensation under section 140 in respect of death or permanent disablement of any person shall be  in addition  to any  other right  (hereafter in this section  referred to as  the  right  on  the  principle  of  fault)  to  claim compensation in  respect thereof under any other provision of this Act or of any other law for the time being in force.
  2. A  claim for  compensation under  section 140  in respect  of death or  permanent disablement  of any person shall be disposed of as expeditiously as possible and where compensation is claimed in respect of such  death or  permanent disablement under section 140 and also in pursuance of  any right  on the principle of  fault,  the  claim  for compensation under  section 140  shall be  disposed of as aforesaid in the first place.
  3. Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where in respect of the death or permanent disablement of any person, the person liable  to pay compensation under section 140 is also liable to pay compensation  in accordance  with the  right on  the principle  of fault, the person so liable shall pay the first-mentioned compensation and--
  1. if  the amount  of the  first-mentioned compensation  isless than  the amount  of the  second-mentioned compensation,  he shall be  liable to  pay  (in  addition  to  the  first-mentioned      compensation) only  so much  of the second-mentioned compensation as is equal to the amount by which it exceeds the first-mentioned  compensation;
  2. if  the amount  of the  first-mentioned compensation  is equal  to  or  more  than  the  amount  of  the  second-mentioned compensation, he  shall not be liable to pay the second-mentioned compensation.

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