IOC, gas cylinder dealer fined Rs.2 lakh

IOC, gas cylinder dealer fined Rs.2 lakh

indian oilThe National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has asked the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and a cooking gas dealer to pay compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the kin of a couple, who died after an LPG gas cylinder exploded.

NCDRC presiding member K.S. Chaudhari and member B.C. Gupta, in a order delivered last week, directed the IOC and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) dealer, Shiva Gas Service, Mysore, to pay Rs.2 lakh compensation to the kin of B.K. Thimmegowda.

The commission was hearing a plea filed by the United India Insurance Company Limited, Mysore, seeking revision of order passed by the Karnataka State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, where it directed the insurance company with the gas dealer and the company to pay compensation.

The Karnataka commission order came on a plea filed by Gowramma, a resident of Mysore, Karnataka.

She told the commission that her father, late B.K. Thimmegowda, took an LPG gas connection for domestic use from Mysore-based Shiva Gas Service Nov 27, 1999.

On Dec 7, 1999, the cylinder exploded causing severe injuries to her father and mother and also damaging property, she claimed. Her parents succumbed to their injuries Dec 10, 1999.

The complainant, alleging deficiency in service, demanded compensation for the death of her parents and also for the loss caused to moveable and immoveable properties.

The commission allowed the revision plea of the United India Insurance Company Limited, saying: “It is not obligatory on the part of the insurance company to make the payment to the complainants, as the said cylinder was not in the process of being installed under the terms and condition of the policy.”

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