Thursday, May 11, 2006

Finger cut, passenger demands Rs 5.1 lakh

New Delhi: Pandit Parmanand Katara who injured his finger on a luggage trolley at Calcutta airport, is seeking Rs 5.10 lakh in damages from the airport, the Airports Authority of India and Air Deccan.
The three will now have to explain to the State Commission for Consumer Disputes Redressal, New Delhi, why they did not attend to Katara, a veteran of 67 PILs filed in courts across the country, when he hurt his finger on September 25, 2005.
The commission, which includes the president, S.L. Khanna, and members S.R. Aggarwal and Devender Raheja, today issued notices to the three respondents charged by Katara with “negligence and apathy” towards his “suffering”. They have to reply by June 21.
In his complaint, under Section 12 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, Katara told the commission that he was injured while on his way to Delhi from Calcutta by Air Deccan’s flight DN/63 at 10.30 am on September 25. He put his luggage on the trolley and was going for the security check when his finger was cut by the trolley’s left iron handle.
10/05/06 Calcutta Telegraph
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