‘Intermeddler’ can be considered legal representative under MACT Act: SC

Interpreting the term ‘legal representative’ broadly, a Large Bench of Supreme Court of India ruled that even an “intermeddler” can be considered as a legal representative of the deceased under Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Act (“MACT”).

Relying on a full Bench judgment of Patna High Court as cited by MACT Tribunal, the Bench held that the term ‘legal representative’ is wide enough to include even “intermeddlers” with the estate of a deceased.

The Court said “even a religious order or organization may suffer considerable loss due to death of a voluntary worker”.

The case involved compensation claimed by a charitable organization on behalf of its volunteer who got killed in a road accident.

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