HC grants 4 days to ICs for relief

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Oct 10: Jammu and Kashmir High Court today directed the Insurance Companies to comply with court orders of providing interim relief to the businessmen whose goods were destroyed in last month’s floods soon after apex court of the country dismissed petition of Insurance Companies.
The Division Bench of the court comprising Chief Justice MM Kumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed personal appearance of the Chief Executive Officers of the Insurance Companies if they don’t pay the interim relief in four days. They have been directed to bring the relevant record on October 14 and answer the court queries if they fail to implement the court orders.
“If the compliance is not filed, then the CEOs of all the Insurance Companies shall remain present along with all the records to answer the court queries on October 14”, the court directed.
The Chief Justice said: “Supreme Court today also dismissed the SLP filed by the Insurance Companies challenging the order of the High Court where we had directed them to provide 95 percent and 50 percent interim relief to the businessmen who suffered losses due to floods.”
The Court after pulling the Insurance Companies for delaying the implementation of court orders observed: “This is not the time to adopt linguistic approach. This is the time to wipe out some tears of people.”
Last month court had directed the Insurance Companies to pay the policies involving Rs 25 lakhs or less and amount exceeding Rs. 25 lakhs 95 percent and 50 percent amount respectively as interim relief.
The Court in its another order had brought damaged houses and cars under the same order and asked the Insurance Companies to pay the compensation to their owners accordingly.
The Insurance Companies had challenged the HC order regarding interim relief before the apex court of the country but today their petition was dismissed and the High Court order was upheld.

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