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Railways Liable To Pay Compensation For Late Arrival Of Trains If Delay Is Not Explained Or Justifiable

The Supreme Court has held that until and unless the railways provide evidence and explain the late arrival of a train to establish and prove that delay occurred because of the reasons beyond their control, they would be liable to pay compensation for such delay. “Therefore, unless and until the evidence is laid explaining the delay and it is established and proved that delay occurred which was beyond their control and/or even there was some justification for delay, the railway is liable to pay the compensation for delay and late arrival of trains”, a bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Aniruddha Bose observed.

[Case: Northern Western Railway and Another v. Sanjay Shukla Citation: LL 2021 SC 427]

Source: live Law