Agreeing to the guideline of vicarious obligation, when an individual is at risk for the wrongful acts done by another individual, at that point, the individual is known for the vicariously risk for the activities done. Here the relationship between the two of them could be a must.  There ought to be a few relationships between A and B at that point as it were the obligation of A will emerge towards B for doing a few acts. 

The relationship can be within the frame of:  
(a) Principal and agent.  
(b) Accomplices of the association firm.  
(c) Master and servant.  

The principle is obligated committed by his operator amid the course of work. The offended party has the choice to sue the principle or specialist or both of them. 

An individual who does any wrongful Act through another person(servant/agent) by contracting them and enlisted individual does that wrongful act within the course of employment the master is liable for vicarious liability. There are two Latin saying in which vicarious obligation advance out:  

Respondeat predominant: Let the ace be liable.  
Qui facit per alium facit per se: Master will be obligated for the work of his worker. 

To get it the concept of vicarious obligation let’s see at certain illustrations:  

Example 1 – if a representative A of a certain company annoys or segregates other representative B, the manager or the boss of the company can be held at risk for the illegal activities of representative A.  

Example 2 – In a company X, a worker A works a machine/equipment and due to carelessness the put catches fire and it harms property and hurts individual workers. The manager of the company can too be held at risk for the harm caused. 

There are three circumstances in which obligation of a individual emerges due to the act done by somebody else, it is seen in the following cases:  

In this, a principle enlists a specialist to perform a movement or to do a few work and in this way a principal-agent connection is shaped between them. The principal is held obligated for the act of his operator on the off chance that the specialist has done something off-base or has caused harms whereas acting on the sake of the principal. 

In State Bank of India vs Shyama Devi, an individual who was a representative of the bank was given a whole of cash to be stored in a bank by Shyama Devi. Shyama devi never checked the stores of the receipts. The bank was not held at risk indeed in spite of the fact that the worker never stored the cash as he was not acting within the course of business. 

In Lloyd vs Beauty, Smith & Co., an extortion was committed by the receptionist of a firm who was working within the conventional course of business. The firm was held at risk as the receptionist was acting as a specialist for the firm when the extortion was committed. 

In this, an individual is contracted and told approximately the things to be done and how to be done and is known as a hireling. The ace is held obligated for the act done/performed by the hireling amid the course of the work and it’s a joint liability.  
There are two basics to be demonstrated here – The individual contracted ought to be a servant The act should be committed within the course of the employment. This relationship relies on the lawful saying Respondent predominant which implies that the predominant ought to be held capable for the acts done by his subordinate. 

All the accomplices in an association firm are held obligated for the wrongful act or harm caused by either of them. So, amid the course of business, in case a wrongful act is committed by the either of accomplices, all the accomplices of the firm will be held at risk together and severally. 

The Government designates individuals to work in government divisions. Now and then the specialist may commit a wrongful act or cause harm which advance comes about within the rise of Obligation of the State. These specialists work beneath the specialist of the State/ Majestic which performs their given assignments and when fizzled to do so gives a rise to the risk of the state. In this way, the obligation is set on the controller (one having control over the specialist) that’s the Government and not on the laborer (who committed the wrongful act). This circumstance is called “vicarious obligation of the state”. 
To portray it in a definition, vicarious risk of the State alludes to all the wrongful exercises of the government workers make the state vicariously liable. In the case of the State of Rajasthan vs Vidyawati, a suit for harms was recorded by the worker of the State. The address emerges that whether the State is at risk or not? The Court held that as the representative was within the course of business, hence the government is vicariously obligated for the wrongful act.  
In the case of Smt.Savita Sharma and 2 others vs Union of India, a bunch of armed force troopers were being transported in an armed force vehicle. It got into a mischance with a beat due to the driver`s carelessness. Hence, the State was held at risk for the harm caused. 

Vicarious obligation, in basic terms implies “liability for the act done or performed by others”. The risk is examined in different viewpoints and segments counting tort, respectful law, criminal law, corporate segment, state etc. There were no uncommon establishments until presently, in India, there are certain arrangements like article 300 of the Structure of India, Government of India Act 1935, Indian Contract Act 1872 (area 182 to 238), segment 149, 154 (3), 155(4), 156(5), 268(6), 269(7), 499(8); Indian Hazardous Act 1884 and so on. Different alterations have taken put, different cases have been chosen where the State or the firm was held obligated additionally a person was held obligated for the acts committed separated from the course of business. 


  1. 1978 AIR 1263 1978 SCR (3)1009   
  1. AC 716 
  1. 2 SCR 989 
  1. (1985) 1 SCC 641 

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