Can anyone retrieve a burnt document, asks Supreme Court


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Supreme Court of India | Photo: Mathrubhumi

It lacks logic to listen to the stand of an insurance company that a document that was to be produced was burnt in a car accident.

The Supreme Court so observed that K Narasimha Reddy had an accident while driving his car in Delhi and that his driving licence was burnt in the fire.

Yet the insurance company insisted that it be produced though the surveyor officer had reported that it was burnt in the accident.

The consumer forum was directed to grant the amount upheld by the National Commission. That was challenged by the insurance company in the SC.

The SC dismissed it and directed the payment.

The SC said that the stand of the insurance company was totally wrong and that it lacked logic. How can one produce a document that is beyond one's control, it asked.

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