Preponderance of probabilities should be the standard of proof in Motor accident claim cases: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), while dealing with an order of Kerala High Court quashing investigation report submitted in relation to a road accident, has held that the correctness or otherwise of the investigation report submitted does not have much significance as the claim petitions filed by the dependants has to be decided on the merits. Thus SC in its judgment, allowing the appeal, opined that the claimants have to establish their case on the touchstone of preponderance of probabilities, and not on the basis of standard of proof beyond reasonable doubt.