Jago Grahak jago

State Consumer Helpline Knowledge Resource
Management Portal (SCHKRMP)

Empowering Consumers

Govt. of India
IIPA logo

Daily News Clipping

AEML to hold camps for consumers
Unitech to pay Rs. 1 Cr. to home buyers
WhatsApp chief writes to RBI, seeks nod to expand payment services to all users
What consumers need to know about safe food
RBI likely to keep interest rate unchanged on Dec 5
Home buyers want effective enforcement
Buyers opt for RERA
Google Hangouts for consumers will shut down by 2020
Corporation erecting display boards in violation of rules, says CCC
Should vehicle drivers or owners pay for third-party compensation in accidents
In rare move, Indias top bad-debt buyer eyes consumer loans
Horlicks sold, HUL to merge with GSK Consumer in Indias biggest consumer goods deal
Government plans to revamp its consumer awareness campaign Jago Grahak Jago
Consumers trust private firms more than government with personal data: KPMG
GSK Consumer jumps over 1 on merger with HUL
HC directive on action against KSRTC staff
Former MLA files Rs.15.5 cr cheating complaint
Horlicks brand now in HUL hands
Be careful while shipping furniture across foreign shores
For Amazon, India sees highest product returns
Make TV ratings more accurate, tamper-proof: Industry groups to Trai
HC directs Bharat Petroleum to pay Rs. 1 lakh
Vigilance wing in RERA Karnataka in the pipeline
School fee: Parents may go to court if plea unheard
Aadhaar seeding: 40 co-op. loan accounts have data mismatch
Consumer court directs Unitech to refund 43 homebuyers for 3-year delay in delivery of Noida project
Devise norms for payment apps, RBI told
Brokerages bullish on HUL post deal with GSK
RBI keeps interest rates unchanged
Customers spending more in data analytics to mitigate risks, improve engagement: Infosys
RBI moves to boost digital transactions, protect users
Tipplers add to plastic pile
Lok adalats on power theft cases
Unauthorised hostel owners will end up in jail for two years: Collector
Property developer told to refund home buyers
Low onion acreage could mean tears for consumers
TNRERA ascertains first compensation totalling Rs 4 crore
With do-not-disturb app in store, Apple finally TRAIs hard to warm up to India
Special drive to educate consumers
HC Bench issues direction to Tiruchi Collector
‘Hand over land allotted for law college students hostel’
Indian institutes are helping MNCs work towards R&D?breakthroughs
Auto, cab drivers can send SMS, reduce CNG queues
Jewelry store told to pay refund for ‘false promise’
Bluebells school misused funds, has Rs 2.5cr surplus: Delhi govt
HUL’s earnings likely to rise 4 post GSK Consumer deal
Maternity benefits not just for live births, says consumer court
Water consumption charge assessment takes a hit in city
Government wants GI products on bigger retail canvas
Hoteliers end boycott of food aggregators
HUL unlikely to become the largest food company: Experts
Travel agency told to pay Rs. 60,000 solatium
India likely to offer GST relief for the BPO Industry
Refund people who got high power bills in Mumbai, MERC tells Adani Electricity
Parking contractor told to pay Rs. 6 lakh for missing car
3,072 cases settled in Lok Adalat
Simplified GST return forms to be rolled out from April 1: Revenue Secretary
Government extends GST annual return filing date to March 31, 2019
SBI customer using UPI app defrauded of Rs 6.8 lakh
Development works reviewed
2,046 cases settled in Lok Adalat
ICICI Bank may use mAadhaar for KYC
Trade expects new Agri Policy to give impetus to Sector
SBI account holder Your bank just made EMIs costly loan rates hiked by 0.05, check new rates
IRDAI proposals on life covers will help buyers: Ashish Vohra, Reliance Nippon Life Insurance
Google acquires Where is My Train
GSK Consumer Healthcare to fight case against tech transfer
TRAI moves Supreme Court for discount cap on channel bouquets
Will cashbacks amd deep discounts to lure customers sustain
Consumer Protection Bill awaiting Parliament’s scrutiny
Government likely to meet FY19 digital payments target
Farmer lobby to trade with onion-deficient states directly
Railways to provide jerk-free rides on Shatabdis, Rajdhanis
Gas agencies to face raids
Row over power bills in Gujarati
SBI plans to raise up to 1.25 billion via bonds
Consumer court recuses itself from jeweller’s case
Paytm set to launch Paytm Cashback Days
PDS rice seized in raid
Hold Godrej Consumer Products, target Rs 807: Anand Rathi
RBI moves to boost digital transactions, protect users
Fake drug trade thrives in UP, parts of Uttarakhand
2.76 cr ration cards cancelled
Auto firms looking to ride the EV wave
‘Customers are looking for exciting consumption ideas...we see deals there’
Online companies are now selling meat and a new perception
Fake and bad news depressing markets
Inflation cools, IIP growth surges in double treat for economy
Hospitality industry body FHRAI sends notice to Go-MMT, warns of a nationwide protest
IRDAI unbundles motor, personal accident insurance
eSigns latest victim of SC’s aadhaar verdict, fintech firms may take a hit
Come June, groundwater extraction will invite a fee
Punjab officiallauds PDS in TS
Club told to pay over Rs.1 Lakh as solatium
Delhi HC order: State FDA to crack down on e-pharmacies
Maharashtra govt asks dairies to submit buyback plan for milk pouches
Dairies can use plastic milk pouches till February 15
Delhi HC refuses to stay compensation formula for Johnson and Johnson faulty implants
Google Shopping will be a connector between retailers and consumers
Punjab official lauds paddy procurement
Lost your Aadhaar card Heres how you can get it reprinted
eSigns latest victim of SC’s aadhaar verdict, fintech firms may take a hit

HC warns insurance firms of criminal action on bogus claims

TAMIL NADU: Says they cannot attempt to sweep dirt under the carpet

The Madras High Court on Friday warned four public sector insurance companies of criminal action if they do not conduct in-house inquiries on bogus motor accident claims and submit the details to an expert body appointed by the court under the chairmanship of Justice K. Chandru, a retired judge of the court.

Justice P.N. Prakash issued a warning to United India Insurance Company, New India Assurance Company, Oriental Insurance Company and National Insurance Company. He said, “custodians of public wealth could not be permitted to sweep the dirt under the carpet and sleep as if nothing affected them.”

The judge said it was indeed strange to hear from N. Vijayaraghavan, counsel for Cholamandalam General Insurance Company, at whose instance the court came across a mega racket of bogus claims that the four public sector companies had not acted despite being informed of the proceedings pending before the Expert Body.

“In fact, even the Expert Body had sent notices for response from these four public sector insurance companies as could be seen from paragraph number five of its interim report dated October 4, 2018. Perhaps, they too have enough skeletons in their cupboard which they do not want the world to know,” he added.

‘Unearth duplicate claims’

The judge directed the four insurance companies to “wake up at least now and conduct in-house inquiries to unearth duplicate claims” and said: “It is made clear that if they still stand to continue to be a Rip Van Winkle, this court may have to draw an inference that officials of these companies are in league with the bogus claimants.”

Mr. Justice Prakash had appointed the Expert Body early this year after coming across 353 bogus motor accident claims, estimated at ?60.71 crore, having been preferred before various motor accident claims tribunals across the State. The claims related to five insurance companies.

The court took note of a turf war between legal practitioners in motor accidents claims tribunals having gone to the “miserable extent” of 55 case bundles of an advocate named S. Thambi having gone missing from one of the tribunals functioning within the Madras High Court premises.

Shocked over the disquieting features, the judge on July 19 ordered a Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID) inquiry into the missing bundles. He also appointed the expert body led by Mr. Justice Chandru to examine the 353 bogus claims and suggest remedial measures.

72 claims dropped After the order was passed, curiously 72 motor accident claims totally valued at ? 8.90 crore were quietly withdrawn from various tribunals.

In the meantime, the Expert Body too conducted a thorough inquiry and found about 76 duplicate claims having been filed before various tribunals in the State.

It also found credible materials to suspect the involvement of seven advocates in the racket. Taking serious note of the revelation, Mr. Justice Prakash stayed all proceedings in the 76 motor accident claims and directed the seven lawyers to explain the charges levelled against them by December 13.

Translate this page

Help No. States Consumer Helplines

    1800-425-0082, 1800-425-2977
  • ASSAM:
    079-27489945 / 46