A consumer court on Monday issued a notice to a shop keeper for May 16 in a suit regarding the sale of a faulty generator. The petitioner has asked for a refund of Rs138,000, the price of the generator, and Rs1 million as damages.
Petitioner Chaudhary Sharif said he had purchased a generator in August, 2011, from Abdul Waheed, owner of Rizwan Company for Rs71,000. He said when he took the generator home, he found out that the generator would not work with the engine he had. The petitioner said he then went and bought an engine from Waheed for Rs57,000. He said that the new engine also did not work as it had some parts missing.
Sharif said that when he complained to Waheed, the respondent told him that if he paid an additional Rs30,000 he would be given a new generator. Sharif said he took some police officers from the Misri Shah police station with him to the respondent. In the presence of the police, Sharif said, it was decided that he would return the generator and engine and pay an additional Rs10,000 for a brand new generator.
He said the generator he was given this time did not work either. In fact, it was different from the generator that he had checked at the respondent’s shop, he said. The petitioner added that Waheed had written a note on the receipt that there would be no guarantee on the generator even though he had told him earlier that there would be a one-year guarantee.
Sharif prayed that the respondent be directed to pay him Rs138,000, the actual price of the generator and engine he had bought, and Rs1 million as damages. The court issued a notice to the respondent for May 16.
Speaking with The Express Tribune, Abdul Waheed said the petitioner was not telling the entire truth. He said that he was a scrap dealer and had told Sharif there was no guarantee on either the generator or engine he could supply. He said the Misri Shah SHO had drawn a compromise between them but the petitioner had now back-peddled. He said the petitioner had used the generator for six months and was now complaining.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 24th, 2012.
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