New Delhi: Qatar Airways has been directed by a district consumer forum here to pay Rs 80,005 to a flier for loss of his luggage in transit from Delhi to Milan.
    
The East District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said that Qatar Airways is liable to reimburse Delhi resident Manish Raj Bhardwaj for loss as his baggage was lost due to negligence of the airline's handling staff.
    
"The affidavit filed by the complainant (Bhardwaj) is uncontested. In these circumstances, it is to be accepted that the value of the lost baggage was Rs 60,005 and the offer made by respondent (airline) of Rs 5,525 was not justified. The goods were lost due to negligence on the part of handling staff of the respondent. As such they cannot escape from their liability of reimbursing the amount of loss...
    
"It has also been contented by complainant that articles lost were of prime importance for his visit and he could not show them to prospective clients. He suffered not only loss of goods but also loss of opportunities which cannot be evaluated in terms of money," the bench presided by N.A.Zaidi said.
    
The forum directed the airline to pay Bhardwaj Rs 60,005 as the value of the lost goods and compensation of Rs 20,000 which included the cost of litigation.
    
Bhardwaj's grievance, according to his complaint, had been that not only did the airline lose his luggage but it offered a paltry sum of Rs 5,525 to him as compensation.
    
He had said in his complaint that he had travelled to Milan from Delhi via Doha on December 19, 2010 and when he had arrived there on the next day he was informed that two pieces of his luggage were missing.
    
He had lodged a 'property irregularity report' with the airline on December 20, 2010 at Milan and had reported loss of items worth Rs 60,005, giving all the details, he had said.
    
The airline was preceded against ex-parte as no one appeared on its behalf in the forum.

(Agencies)

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