Mega Lok Adalat settles 55 cases of PF irregularities,accident claims

The Mega-Lok Adalat held on Saturday was end of litigation for four claimants who had sought compensation for road accident which happened in 2009.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 24, 2013 1:54:06 am

The Mega-Lok Adalat held on Saturday was end of litigation for four claimants who had sought compensation for road accident which happened in 2009. In a settlement the insurance company agreed to pay Rs 9.5 lakh to the four claimants who had moved the accident claims tribunal.

According to the complaint filed by claimants Datta Chafekar,Samir Chafekar and Sampada Deshpande had suffered injuries in the road accident while Swati Chafekar,Datta’s wife,had died due to injuries.

V G Kulkarni,who represented the claimants said that on May 16 2009,the four were travelling back to Pune from Mumbai airport where they had gone to drop Datta Chapekar’s daughter Shraddha Phadke who was going to USA when the accident happened.

The jeep they were travelling in (MH 14 BA 3513) collided with a bridge parapet wall resulting into an impact injuring the four. Later Swati succumbed to the injuries.

Four hearing of the case had taken place at the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal (MACT) at Shivajinagar. The insurance company Royal Sunderam Alliance Insurance agreed to settle the claim by paying Rs 9.5 as a lump-sum amount to the claimants.

A claim of a 52-year-old widow from Deccan Gymkhana was settled at the adalat. She had moved the court alleging that after her husband died due to cancer she was thrown out of the house along with her two children by her in laws. She claimed that her salary was not enough for her to sustain and pay for education of her two kids.

She had claimed that her in-laws were in business and also owned a petrol pump. The case was mutually settled after the in-laws agreed to give the complainant a flat in the city and Rs 20,000 per month for education of children.

A panel of judicial magistrate (first class) Vinay Murglikar and assistant public prosecutor B R Patil settled 55 cases related to provident fund irregularities which were pending in the Cantonment Court since 2000.

A provident Fund Inspector had filed 55 cases against Cantonment-based businessmen and their firms under the provisions of the Employee Provident Fund and other miscellaneous laws.

According to the complaints,while scrutinising the documents of the firms,the inspector had noticed that firm was not paying PF to their employees by following the legal procedure and other technical errors were seen.

The clauses attracted a fine ranging between Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 and imprisonment for 2 years. The firms pleaded guilty and agreed to pay Rs 5,000 fine in each of the 55 cases.

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