HAJEEJ FRAUD CASE
Srinagar, Aug 26: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday dismissed an appeal by M/S Hajeej India Hospitality (P) Ltd against an order of Jammu and Kashmir Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission wherein the Hajeej was directed to refund the entire amount collected from 150 complainants for the Hajj pilgrimage 2010 and 2011.
A division bench of High Court Comprising Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir dismissed the appeal on the grounds that it was devoid of substance.
On September 8, 2012, the Jammu and Kashmir Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in its order had directed M/S Hajeej India Hospitality (P) Ltd to refund the entire amount it has collected from 150 complainants for the Hajj pilgrimage 2010 and 2011.
A bench of the Commission had directed Hajeej India to pay the cumulative amount of Rs 2.13 crore to 150 complainants minus the amount each aspirant was paid back earlier. The Commission had also directed for paying Rs 20000 more to each aspirant as compensation for the agony, inconvenience and loss of profit on the deposited amount he suffered due to Hajeej India. The Commission had further asked Hajeej India to pay Rs 5000 as litigation charges to each complainant.
The Commission had ordered If the amount was not paid within ten weeks, the proprietor of Hajeej India would be arrested and his property confiscated.