Bengaluru: An insurance company, which wanted to avoid paying compensation to two Bengalureans injured in a road accident arguing that the bus had violated its route permit, has been ordered by the high court to clear the claim and recover it from the vehicle owner. Iffco-Tokio General Insurance Company has been directed to settle the compensation to Jabir Singh and Krishna Kumar alias Krishan Kumar from west Bengaluru. On April 13, 2017, a Bengaluru court had awarded Rs 9.91 lakh with 9% interest as compensation. Justice HT Narendra Prasad said the company is at liberty to recover the amount from BR Pradeep, owner of the private bus, as per the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Rani vs National Insurance Company case in 2018. At 9.15pm on June 14, 2015, Jabir and Krishna Kumar were going to Makali on Tumakuru-Bengaluru NH-4 on their motorcycle. When they reached KBD factory near Nelamangala, the speeding bus dashed against their bike. They sustained grievous injuries and were admitted to hospital. After recovery, they moved the Bengaluru court by filing claim petitions. On April 13, 2017, the court granted Rs 7.76 lakh with 9% interest to Jagir and Rs 1.5 lakh with 9% to Krishna Kumar. But the court fixed the liability on the owner of the offending vehicle, claiming it had violated the route permit. Both the claimants challenged this verdict. They argued that it’s the insurance company’s responsibility to foot the compensation. However, the company contended that since the vehicle plied beyond the permitted route, the vehicle owner is liable.