17, 000 cases pending with Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals of Kerala
An application was filed with the Kerala High Court under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to know the details of cases pending with the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunals (MACTs) of the state. The data given in the reply shows that 9,750 cases were pending between 2003 and 2012. The number increases to 17,191 if the data is taken from 1989.
Kerala has a total of 17 exclusive MACTs and apart from them, many Additional District Courts have been conferred with the powers of additional MACTs. Despite this, a large number of cases are pending with various MACTs.
Information about the number of claims awarded or settled was not provided as the court stated that it was not available. The court also declined to provide documents related to judicial proceedings as they were exempt under rule 12 of the Kerala High Court (Right to Information) Rules, 2006.