Controversy over ban of Maggie

The controversy and confusion created by the ban on the instant noodles saw the Centre, for the first time in the history of the 30-year-old Consumer Protection Act, using it against the multi-national for alleged unfair trade practice.

The NCDRC, the Apex Consumer body, admitted the lawsuit and while the results of the samples were awaited, Nestle cried foul over the staggering proceedings and knocked the doors of the Supreme Court which in the fag end of the year stayed the proceedings before the top consumer fora.

Nestle faced opposition from FSSAI

Nestle faced stiff opposition from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) which moved the apex court against the Bombay High Court order allowing Maggi to be brought to the shelves.

'Jago Grahak Jago' campaign

Campaigns like 'Jago Grahak Jago' seemed to be catching up with the consumers and their effort for a law for protection from the money and muscle power of real estate mafia almost came to be realised but the last minute hurdle in Parliament stopped the amended Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015 from turning it into a reality.

Complaints of violation against real estate majors

The complaints of violation against real estate majors like Supertech, DLF, Unitech and others not only reached the consumer fora but also to the Apex court which stood by the home buyers who have put their hard earned money in their ventures.

The Apex Consumer Court also took strong note of 'unfair trade practice' of airlines companies in advertising airfares at 'throwaway prices, ranging from Rs 0 to 999' while actually providing them to the passengers at much higher prices.

Central government's Health Scheme

The functioning of the Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) also came under the scanner of the apex consumer court which asked the Centre to ensure presence of some officials at
every hospital handling cases of CGHS to answer queries of patients and to provide toll free inquiry number in this regard.

Indian Oil Corporation scanned by Apex Consumer Court

In another case, the Apex Consumer panel castigated Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) for using LPG cylinders beyond expiry date while asking the state-run oil firm to pay a compensation of Rs 2.25 lakh to a victim of cylinder blast.

Drinking water provided free of cost

Cine-goers also had a sigh of relief as the NCDRC in a significant judgment directed cinema halls across the country to provide free drinking water after noting that everyone may not be in a position to afford it at 'exorbitant rates' and being a basic necessity for human beings, it is obligatory for the cinema hall to make it available.

Apex Consumer penal awarded compensation

While awarding compensation for deficiency in providing services, the Apex Consumer penal in one case, awarded nearly Rs 2 crore compensation to the father of a 25-year-old youth, who was choked to death in a defective elevator in a high-rise in Mumbai a decade ago.

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital paid compensation

In another such case, leading Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and one of its gynecologists were directed by the NCDRC to pay Rs 1 crore compensation to a couple, whose baby suffered mental disability due to the 'negligence' of the doctor at the time of delivery more than 15 years ago.

Government hospital in Uttar Pradesh

Similarly, a consumer court took strong note of government hospital in Uttar Pradesh for wrong blood transfusion to a woman resulting in fetal losses during her four pregnancies. The hospital was directed to compensate of Rs 15 lakh.

Well-known companies  scanned by Consumer Courts

Various well-known companies and service providers also came under the radar of the consumer courts which took strong note of their 'unfair trade practice'

In one such case, multinational company Woodland was asked not to sell products other than its own brand in its stores while terming it as 'highly unethical'.

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