The permanent lok adalat of SAS Nagar on Friday directed National Insurance Company to pay an amount of Rs 4.20 lakh to Baldhir Singh Gill for declining to pay his car's insurance amount.
A resident of Phase 3B2, SAS Nagar, Singh's car was stolen in May 2011 but the insurance company refused to pay the amount on the ground that Gill was negligent in protecting the car from theft and had left the car's key in the key slot while going out of the car, Gill said in the complaint.
Defending the case, he said he had purchased an ice cream from a roadside vendor and came back in the car, when the vendor asked him to change a note. He then switched off the engine but went to the vendor without taking out the key from the key slot. On coming back, he found his car missing.
The lok adalat directed the insurance company to pay Rs 4.2 lakh to the complainant and said that since the applicant was near the car, which was visible to him, there was no negligence on his part even if he left the keys in the car.
It was further ordered that if the amount was not paid within 30 days, the company would be liable to pay the same along with interest of 9% per annum since the date of repudiation, which is April 29, 2013, till the amount was paid to the applicant.
In another decision, the lok adalat directed Vodafone Essar South Limited to allot the preferential number to one Sahib Singh, resident of SAS Nagar. If they failed to do so, they would have to pay a sum of `50,000 to him, the adalat ordered.
Sahib had moved an application saying that he was allotted a number by the Vodafone Store, Waves System Corporation, and given Rs 250/- as security but the number was subsequently allotted to Uday Partap Singh, a resident of Pathankot district.
The application was opposed by Vodafone alleging that the said number had already been allotted to Uday but they failed to produce any document or evidence in support of the fact.
The adalat directed Vodafone to allot the number to Sahib and also gave an option to the company - if it did not want to withdraw the number from Uday, they can do so by paying Rs 50,000 to Sahib in lieu of the allotment of the number.