A Mathura-based lawyer fought a legal battle against the Indian Railways in 1999 after a 22-year battle for over Rs 20 in consumer forum and won.
After more than two decades of fighting in the court, the consumer forum has ruled in favor of the lawyer.
The case is of 25 December 1999 when Advocate Tungnath Chaturvedi, resident of Gali Pirpanch of Mathura had reached Mathura Cantt station to go to Moradabad by train. He asked for two tickets to Moradabad at the ticket counter where the booking clerk charged him Rs 90 instead of Rs 70.
At Rs 35 per person ticket, two tickets would have cost Rs 70.
Advocate Chaturvedi demanded refund of Rs 20 but the booking clerk refused. Meanwhile, as soon as his train arrived at the station, Mr. Chaturvedi boarded it and left for Moradabad.
Later he filed a case of overcharging against the Indian Railways in the consumer forum. General Manager of North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur and window booking clerk of Mathura Cantonment railway station were made party.
After 21 years, the Consumer Forum ruled in favor of Advocate Chaturvedi and ordered the Railways to pay a refund of Rs 20, 12 per cent annual interest and Rs 15,000 as compensation.
The consumer forum has ordered the Railways to pay the amount within 30 days.
“It took time to get justice. But I am satisfied that the verdict against the illegal thing has finally come,” Chaturvedi said.
He said that his family members and neighbors have repeatedly insisted that he drop the matter but he continued his fight for justice.
Mr. Chaturvedi’s family and neighbors expressed happiness that the Forum supported him in its decision.
One of his neighbors said that one should always raise voice against injustice.
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