Madras HC orders probe towards 4 legal professionals over pretend accident claims

The Madras Excessive Courtroom has directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to provoke inquiry towards 4 advocates in Hosur, who allegedly made pretend claims earlier than the native Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal.

A standing report filed earlier than the courtroom identified the culpability of the 4 advocates. Therefore, there shall be instructions issued to the Bar Council to right away provoke inquiry towards advocates Manohar Reddy, his spouse Bharathi, additionally a lawyer; A Okay Selvi and M Sankar, and take quick motion in accordance with the related Act and Guidelines, mentioned Justice N Anand Venkatesh.

The decide was passing additional interim orders on the writ petitions from the Cholamandalam MS Basic Insurance coverage Firm and New India Assurance Firm, which delivered to the discover of the decide in regards to the pretend claims and manipulation of medical payments, primarily based on which compensations are determined, on April 18.

Earlier, advocate Vijaya Raghavan, who was aiding the courtroom, submitted that other than Cholamandalam Insurance coverage firm, seven different insurance coverage firms had recognized varied instances that had been filed throughout Tamil Nadu through the use of pretend payments. This subject additionally could be handed over to the Particular Investigation Crew (SIT) constituted by the courtroom, he added.

The insurance coverage firms involved shall lodge impartial complaints earlier than the jurisdictional police stations and on receipt of the identical, FIRs shall be registered and instantly transferred to the file of the SIT. On such switch, the Extra Director Basic of Police, Financial Offence Wing, shall assign the duty of investigation to a Particular Investigation Officer who shall be given all of the powers to probe the case.

The investigation shall be commenced on the earliest and the ultimate report shall be filed as expeditiously as potential, the decide mentioned.

It was additionally delivered to the discover of the decide that a number of the paperwork that had been filed earlier than the Motor Accident Tribunals in 82 MCOP instances had been lacking and weren’t traceable. As soon as the paperwork had been filed earlier than the courtroom, it turned the property of the courtroom and there was a selected process contemplated underneath the Civil Process Code and the Civil Guidelines of Follow wherever the events had been looking for return of unique paperwork.

With out resorting to this process, the paperwork filed earlier than the courtroom might by no means be handed over to the social gathering or to the advocate. “Due to this fact, in all instances the place paperwork are lacking, the involved courtroom shall instantly begin an enquiry and make sure that the paperwork that had been filed together with the MCOP are stored intact and it isn’t returned again both to the events or to their counsel,” the decide added.

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