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The New India Assurance Co directed to pay Rs 11.2 lakh for denying claim “deliberately”

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The New India Assurance Co Ltd has been directed by a consumer forum here to pay Rs 9.73 lakh to one of its policy holders as reimbursement for theft of his truck and to pay him Rs 1.5 lakh as compensation for rejecting his claim on “imaginary speculations.”

While asking the insurance firm to pay Rs 11.23 lakh to complainant Gaurav Gupta, the New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said that his claim had been denied by the company “deliberately” to harass him.

“Opposite party (New India Assurance) has deliberately and arbitrarily denied the claim which is totally in violation of law of justice and was to harass the consumer and to deprive him of his hard earned money duly financed by financier.”

“Opposite party is directed to pay Rs 9,73,750. We also award Rs 1,50,000 as compensation for harassment and cost of litigation, in which Rs 50,000 should be deducted from the salary of claim manager who deliberately repudiated the claim without any evidence of record except imaginary speculation,” said the bench presided by C K Chaturvedi.

In his complaint, Najafgarh resident Gaurav Gupta had submitted that his TATA truck insured with the company for the period from May 16, 2006 to May 15, 2007 was stolen on the July 19-20, 2006 night and he had lodged the FIR on July 25, 2006.

He said that despite providing all the relevant documents, including copies of the FIR and the untraceable report, the company had rejected his claim.

The New India Assurance Co in its written statement contended that it had rejected the claim as the FIR was lodged seven days after the theft.

The forum, however, rejected the insurance company’s contention saying, “the surveyor has noted that police was informed immediately.”

(This article was published on August 3, 2012)
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