The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered LIC to pay Indira Patil, a Mumbai resident, a sum of Rs 5.5 lakh for repudiating her claim nearly 17 years after she lost her 27-year-old son Gajanan to an ailment.
Gajanan had subscribed to four policies and was assured a total sum of Rs 2 lakh. In April 1995, he was hospitalized and treated for abdominal pain. However, when admitted a few days later for treatment of pancreatic abscess, he died. As Indira was the nominee, she filed a claim with LIC, which repudiated the claim for alleged non-disclosure of pre-existing 'diabetes and hypertension', a newspaper report said.
The Commission refuted the defense and said reports showed that Gajanan was suffering from abdominal pain and not diabetes and hypertension as alleged.