Flipkart fined Rs 50k for charging oil surcharge, disfiguring price – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

HYDERABAD: A consumer rights activist has sued e-commerce company Flipkart for misrepresenting the price of oil packs which soared during the Covid-induced lockdown, and won compensation through legal remedies.

According to the Complainant, Shaik Umar Farooq, a 20-year-old student and resident of Korlapahad village of Nalgonda district, ordered two packets of sunflower oil of one liter each from Flipkart by paying a total of Rs 480 excluding postage. delivery. The order was delivered to him on April 25, 2021.

However, after receiving the order, Farooq saw that Flipkart was selling the oil at a price above MRP. The MRP of a liter packet of oil was Rs 170. The seller intentionally defaced the MRP sticker and sold the oil at Rs 240, which is Rs 70 more than the MRP.

During the lawsuit, the Nalgonda District Consumer Dispute Redress Commission found that Flipkart collected more than the MRP and there was tampering with the price sticker. The Commission also found that Flipkart had “illegally extorted money” for the oil packets in question.

Holding Flipkart responsible for the deficient service and unfair business practice, the Commission fined it Rs 50,000 and ordered it to repay the extra amount charged.

HYDERABAD: A consumer rights activist has sued e-commerce company Flipkart for misrepresenting the price of oil packs which soared during the Covid-induced lockdown, and won compensation through legal remedies. According to the Complainant, Shaik Umar Farooq, a 20-year-old student and resident of Korlapahad village of Nalgonda district, ordered two packets of sunflower oil of one liter each from Flipkart by paying a total of Rs 480 excluding postage. delivery. The order was delivered to him on April 25, 2021. However, after receiving the order, Farooq saw that Flipkart was selling the oil at a price above the MRP. The MRP of a liter packet of oil was Rs 170. The seller intentionally defaced the MRP sticker and sold the oil at Rs 240, which is Rs 70 more than the MRP. During the lawsuit, the Nalgonda District Consumer Dispute Redress Commission found that Flipkart collected more than the MRP and there was tampering with the price sticker. The Commission also found that Flipkart had “illegally extorted money” for the oil packets in question. Holding Flipkart responsible for the deficient service and unfair business practice, the Commission fined it Rs 50,000 and ordered it to repay the extra amount charged.

Eleanor C. William