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Gurgaon Consumer Court Fines Society Management Rs 4 Lakh Over Dog Bite

The plaintiff lived as a tenant in The Magnolias, DLF City, with his family. (Case)

Gurugram:

In a case related to a resident’s dog bite, the district consumer forum has fined nearly Rs 4 lakh against the management of a closed housing company and its security agency in Gurugram.

The Sanjeev Jindal court said Magnolias management and the security agency were fined for a lack of service that caused mental agony to the victim, a girl, and her family.

The court also ordered management, including the president of the company, the property manager and the secretary, to pay an additional 9% interest from the date the case was admitted to court and legal costs of approximately Rs 20,000 to fully compensate the victim.

According to the complaint filed by Pankaj Aggarwal in September last year, he was living as a tenant at The Magnolias, DLF City, with his family on the first floor.

The complaint read: “As per the rental agreement, I paid Rs 3 lakh as rent and Rs 1 lakh as maintenance fee per month. It was in February 2020 that my daughter, Shivi, took an elevator to go on the 22nd floor to meet his uncle. On the 10th floor, a servant of Rakesh Kapoor, one of the defendants, entered the elevator with a dog.”

Mr Aggarwal said the dog was unchained. “He jumped on my daughter and bit her and left her traumatized. The maid left my child there and left with the animal. She managed to reach her uncle’s apartment from where we took her to the hospital. She was unable to attend school for two weeks, was confined to her home and traumatized for life,” the complaint reads.

After hearing the arguments, the consumer court found the six defendants guilty and ordered compensation of Rs 3.80 lakh to the victim.

In its order, the court said that while the amount of the fine might seem too high to many, it was only three months of maintenance costs for the company.

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