‘Refund Money To Duped Hajj Aspirants’

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Consumer Commn Asks Govt To Bring Law To Regulate Tour, Travel Agencies Disposing off the case filed by the duped Hajj aspirants, Jammu and Kashmir State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, has directed the owners of the “infamous” Hajeej Hajj and Umrah Services company to refund within six weeks the money it allegedly swindled from the aspiring pilgrims.

“The respondents shall refund to each of the complainants (150) in all cases, the entire amount received from each of them (total 2 crores, thirteen lakh and seventy eight thousand) less by whatever might have been paid to any of them directly or through intervention of any court, forum or agency”, reads the order issued by the Commission and signed by its president, B.A Kirmani, a copy of which lies with KNS.

Going a step further, the Commission has directed the respondents to pay an amount of rupees twenty five thousand per complainant towards litigation, loss of profit and compensation for agony that they went through. “Plus Rs 20,000 to each one of them (total 30 lakh) on account of compensation for agony and inconvenience and loss of profit on deposited amount suffered by them together with litigation charges of Rs 5000 per complaint (total Rs 50000) within a period of six weeks from now”, the order reads further.

The Commission, through this order, has also asked the government to come up with legislation for registration, control, supervision and monitoring of the dealings of Tour and Travel agencies in the state. (KNS)

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