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The Delhi Police is all set to post information about all road accident in the city on the web. The decision was a part of the minutes of a high-level meeting presided by Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal,held on May 30.

The Delhi Police is all set to post information about all road accident in the city on the web. The decision was a part of the minutes of a high-level meeting presided by Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal,held on May 30.

The meeting held at the Police Headquarters was attended by top police officers,Delhi High Court amicus curiae Anup J Bhambhani and several advocates and representatives of insurance companies.

The Delhi Police is designing a special website in which the investigating officers of every accident case in the city will have to post their reports,the minutes stated.

These reports,called ‘Accident Information Reports’ (AIRs),are crucial documents and contain detailed findings of police investigations of road mishaps.

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Justice J R Middha,who is hearing the case,had taken a serious view on the lapse on the part of the police to forward the AIRs to accident tribunals,thus needlessly delaying the reward of compensation to victims’ families.

Investigation by amicus curiae Bhambhani had earlier revealed that the police had failed to send the AIRs to Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) for last several months.

The AIR,a comprehensive report on the extent of injuries or cause of death,forms the foundation of a case before MACT to decide the quantum of monetary compensation due to a victim’s family from an insurance company.

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In case of a fatal accident,personal details of the victim and family,eyewitness accounts of the events that led to the accident,insurance policy of the vehicle are also present in the AIR.

The Motor Vehicles Act prescribes that the investigating officer of a road accident should forward the AIR within 30 days of the incident.

“MACTs/insurance companies will be able to download these AIRs from the website. They will be provided passwords for this purpose,” senior police counsel Mukta Gupta told Justice J R Middha today. 

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The police have further agreed to e-mail the AIRs to the accident tribunals and nodal officers of insurance companies for quick action.

Gupta also told the Bench that the police have set up a ‘District Accident Investigation Cell’ as a pilot project in three districts — East,Southwest and Northwest.

“Officers shall be drawn from other police stations and posted to these cells under the supervision of an inspector. They will exclusively investigate fatal accident cases and ensure timely delivery of AIRs and other required documents,” the minutes recorded.

First published on: 04-06-2009 at 02:22:29 am
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