IAS Ashok Khemka’s 2 sons robbed in SA, insurance firm to pay compensation

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The Hush Post| 3:08 pm|one-minute-read|

IAS Ashok Khemka’s sons were robbed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Consumer Court Chandigarh has directed insurance firm to compensate them against the robbing of which the two became victims.

The Chandigarh Consumer Forum directed the insurance company to pay US $50 and Rs 15,000 as compensation and litigation cost. The entire sum is to be paid to the two sons of Haryana Cadre IAS officer Ashok Khemka. The two were robbed of valuables at South Africa. The insurance company had rejected their claim.

24-year-old Shreenath Khemka and 22-year-old Ganesh Khemka made a complaint on June 11, 2019. As per the complaint, they had gone for a trip to South Africa. They had purchased Digit On-The-Move Policy from Go Digit General Insurance. It covers trip abandonment, financial emergency cash if money is stolen, emergency cash if needed and loss of baggage and personal belongings.

Five-six attackers accosted them and robbed them

The complainants alleged that on June 15, they reached South Africa, in the Central Business District of Johannesburg. They were attacked by 5-6 persons. The attackers took away their debit card, credit card, driver’s licence, cellphone and wrist watch — items worth Rs 54,000.

The forum held that report was made in South Africa as well as in the Daily Diary Register of Chandigarh Police Station. It shows that complainants were definitely robbed. The forum held that the complainants only prayed for indemnification of loss of personal belongings and have not claimed daily allowance.

But, the terms and conditions and certificate of insurance do not provide for indemnification of loss of belongings. Thus, the relief prayed for by the complainants is liable to be modified.

The forum, in the judgment, ordered the firm to pay daily cash allowance of one day US $50, in equivalent Indian currency as on date of robbery, along with interest at 9 per cent per annum from date of incident till realisation, along with Rs 10,000 as compensation and Rs 5,000 as cost of litigation.

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