Aviva Life Insurance to pay Rs 13L on claim
The insurance company had rejected the claim on the ground that the policy holder had given a wrong date of birth.
Holding the rejection of the claim as "arbitrary," the New Delhi District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum said the wrong date of birth was mentioned in the proposal form due to a "lapse" by the insurance firm.
"It's lapse on their (Aviva's) part that the wrong date of birth was mentioned in the proposal form. It is a clear case of deficiency on the part of the opposite party (Aviva)
and hence repudiation of claim is totally arbitrary. The intention of the opposite party since beginning is malafide and is liable for statutory action under the Insurance Act.
"Opposite party is directed to pay Rs 12 lakh (insured amount)... We also award Rs 1,50,000 (as damages) for mental agony, harassment and litigation charges," the bench presided by C K Chaturvedi said.
Renu, resident of Noida in Uttar Pradesh, had said in her complaint that her brother Praveen Kumar, 54, had purchased a life insurance policy from Aviva in which she was made the nominee and on his death she was to receive Rs 12 lakh.
Her brother had died on January 31, 2006 and she had filed the claim for the assured amount but it was rejected by the insurance company
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