Consumer forum pulled up for exceeding jurisdiction
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 18:20
New Delhi: The Delhi State Consumer Commission has pulled up the lower forum for exceeding its jurisdiction in awarding a mediclaim more than the insurance amount to a person.

"We find that the impugned order (of the District Forum VI) deserved modification because it is quite illegal for it to grant the claim of the insured beyond the insurance amount," the Commission bench, comprising President Justice B A Zaidi and Member M L Sahni, said.

The district forum had awarded Rs 1.84 lakh amount to complainant V K Anand, a heart patient, and directed the New India Assurance Corporation Limited to pay Rs 90,000 compensation to him for deficiency in service in denying mediclaim.

The Commission modified the forum's order, directing the insurance company to pay the insured amount of Rs 1.3 lakh and ordered it to pay interest at the rate of nine per cent per annum with effect from the date the claim was repudiated.

Anand underwent heart surgery in 2006. When he approached the insurance company for mediclaim, it was rejected on the grounds of pre-existing disease.

He then approached the district forum, which gave him relief in its judgement. This decision by the lower forum was challenged by the insurance company before the state consumer commission.


First Published: Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 18:20

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