Sunday, February 15, 2009

Co-op societies don’t come under RTI: HC

Co-op societies don’t come under RTI: HC

Express News Service

BANGALORE:The High Court has held that co-operative societies in the state do not come under the purview of the Right to Information Act.

Justice N Kumar, allowed the petitions filed by house building co-operative societies and co-operative banks which have challenged the order of the Information Commission.

The court held that cooperative societies are not governed or financed by the state government and they need not furnish information under the Act that has come into effect from 2005.

LIC asked to pay accident claim

The Third Additional District Consumer Disputes Forum has directed the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to pay Rs 1.50 lakh as accident benefit to a nominee (complainant), whose husband was died in a road accident.

District Consumer Forum president N Srivathsa Kedilaya ordered LIC to pay the benefit to M N Arathi Bai, a nominee of two policies of LIC made by her husband.

The complainant contended that in May 2000, her husband K S Srinivasa Rao obtained two policies insured for Rs 1.50 lakh and they covered accident benefit. The date of its maturity was 2017.

The insured Srinivasa Rao, was driving a Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) bus (Airavata), which met with an accident, and he died in the spot in June 2006.

The LIC paid Rs 3.89 lakh to Arathi, but despite her having approached LIC, they did not pay the additional amount of Rs 1.50 lakh as accident benefit to the nominee.

On the other hand, the LIC argued that the demand for accident claim in the case did not arise as the insured person had died in the accident due to negligence.

While referring to the decisions of the Supreme Court, the consumer court rejected the argument of the LIC.

The court observed that the very purpose of taking a policy was to cover risks

Oriental Insurance asked to pay compensation

The First Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Oriental Insurance to pay Rs 10,000 as compensation to a complainant for not settling his hospital bills through its Mediclaim policy.

Vivek Shetty and his wife Preethi V Shetty, both residents of the Wilson Garden area, filed a complaint stating that they had obtained a Mediclaim policy from the Oriental Insurance Company of Rs 1.50 lakh on October 2006 and the same was renewed for the period of 2007 to 2008.

Preethi V Shetty was hospitalised for a surgery on April 9, 2008 and paid Rs 38,022 as hospital expenses.

The complainants submitted the claims before the Oriental Insurance in April 2008, the company rejected it without providing any reason.

In spite of serving a notice, the company did not appear in the Consumer Court.

SBI to pay compensation

The First Additional District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the Manager of the SBI credit card division to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the complainant for deficiency in service.

Dr S K Tiwari, a resident of Bommanahalli, complained that the SBI had sent him a credit card bill of Rs 30,108 in June 2008, though he had cancelled the card in 2004. The SBI demanded an extra amount towards interest and as late fee. Though the bill was settled long back by Tiwari, the SBI had not issued a settlement letter to him.

HDFC bank pulled up

The HDFC bank has been asked to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to a complainant for ‘illegally’ debiting mone y f rom h i s de p o s i t amount.

Khize r Ahmed complained that he had deposited a sum of Rs 68,400 in the HDFC bank as fixed deposit for a period of one year. Even though the bank had not paid him interest, it debited Rs 47,066 and shown only Rs 27,000 as deposit amount. The bank claimed that the amount was deducted to meet the outstanding credit card bill of the complainant.

However, the complainant stated that he had neither applied for nor received a credit card from the bank.


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