Insurance firm asked to pay Rs.1.6 mn to daughter of accident victim

July 15th, 2008 - 10:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 15 (IANS) A city court Tuesday directed an insurance firm that does not provide life insurance cover to pay Rs.1.6 million to the daughter of an accident victim. United India Insurance, which does not provide life insurance policies but had insured the mini bus that collided with Rita Uppal’s car, was asked to compensate for the 2005 accident.

Additional District Judge Swarna Kant Sharma asked the insurance company to compensate Ananya Uppal, daughter of Rita.

Rita was going to Chandigarh on an official visit in her car when a mini-bus collided with it on the GT road near Karnal.

Rita was working at the Rajendra Babu TB hospital (RBTB) at Kingsway Camp here as a nurse and was about to visit the US to pursue further studies as she had cleared a preliminary test from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools there.

Keeping in mind that Rita was a divorcee and was bringing up her daughter single handedly, the court said: “This accident proved a double tragedy for her (Ananya) as she lost her mother who was also a father figure for her. So a compensation of Rs.1.6 million would meet the ends of justice.”

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