SC bashes UP Bar council for not taking action against lawyers who submitted fake insurance claims

14th Oct,2021

SC bashes UP Bar council for not taking action against lawyers who submitted fake insurance claims



The Supreme Court has bashed the Bar Council of Uttar Pradesh for not taking action against advocates who apparently submitted fake claims under Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and Workmen Compensation Act causing loss in crores of rupees to the insurance companies.

It is very miserable that in such a significant matter, where the allegations are of filing of fake claim petitions involving advocates, the Bar Council of UP is not giving directions to them for making submissions, the apex court said.

A bench of Justices M R Shah and A S Bopanna said it shows the coldness and uncaring attitude on the part of the UP Bar Council and asked Chairman of Bar Council and senior advocate Manan Kumar Mishra to look into the same.

The apex court has also instructed a Special Investigation Team (SIT), constituted in adherence of the order dated October 7, 2015 passed by the Allahabad High Court, to submit report with regard to the investigation in a sealed cover before it on or before November 15.

The supreme court took note of a additional affidavit filed on behalf of UP government stating that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted in compliance of the order dated October 7, 2015 passed by the Allahabad High Court.

The bench stated that the ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company Limited forwarded cases of dubious claims related to various insurance companies forwarded by the District Judge Raebareli, cases referred to the SIT by various courts and the High Court, cases of suspicious claims of Motor Accident Claims Tribunal and Workmen Compensation Act referred to by various Insurance Companies.

The bench said that it is very sad that even the SIT has not taken the elicit action and has not completed investigation/enquiry.