At the age of 80, a man’s entire life’s earnings went to theft. The theft also took place not from the house but from the locker of the bank. The old man had deposited his property in the bank. The Supreme Court has ordered the bank to pay a compensation of Rs 30 lakh to the elderly within two months. A bench of Justice Surya Kant and Justice AS Oka said, “He reposed faith in the bank, so his life-long earnings were lost.” Not only did he suffer financial loss but he also had to suffer mental pain.
In fact, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had ordered the Bokare Steel City branch of State Bank of India to pay a compensation of 30 lakhs. After this the bank moved the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court told the bank that the victim Gopal Prasad Mahanti had to undergo mental agony and hence compensation was necessary. Let us tell you that on December 25, 2017, there was a theft in the bank.
The bench said, “We do not want to interfere with the order of NCDRC. The petition of the bank in this matter is dismissed. However, the court has kept the question of law open. Advocate Sanjay Kapoor, appearing for the bank, said, “The problem in front of the bank with this order is that it does not know what was in the locker. Mahanti, along with another customer, Shashi Bhushan, claimed that his gold jewelery worth Rs 32 lakh was stolen. Apart from this, more items have been claimed in the locker.
At the same time, Mahanti told the court, I have lost my life’s deposit. After the theft, the police arrested 16 people and recovered some jewellery. Apart from this, the thieves had melted the jewelery into gold bricks. The NCDRC had said that people deposit their valuables in banks because they believe that their belongings will be safe there. Here the bank is saying that it is not its responsibility.
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