Theatre, Cola Co in the Soup for Overpriced Water

Published: 09th June 2014 08:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2014 08:22 AM   |  A+A-

MADURAI: The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum (DCDRF) here has directed the Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd and the Inox Leisure Limited to file replies on a petition seeking action against the cinema hall for charging double the money for a mineral water bottle.

N Murugesan from Madurai, in his petition stated that on March 9, 2014 he along with his family members went to Inox theatre in Vishaal De Mall to watch a Tamil movie.

While so, the petitioner purchased a 1-litre bottle of Kinley water, which was sold to him for `40. On enquiry, the petitioner was informed that the MRP of the water bottle was `40 and the same was quoted on the label of the bottle. The petitioner purchased the same brand water bottle from an outlet outside the theatre and got the receipt for `20.

The petitioner approached the consumer forum and argued that as there was no difference between the products sold at the theatre and outside, selling the same product with different prices was nothing but fraud.

He also submitted that he had issued legal notice on March 18, 2013, to the manufacturer and Inox outlet seeking a reply but received no response. He sought compensation of `1 lakh and also the difference amount of `20, besides the cost incurred for legal proceedings. Admitting the plea, the forum directed the respondents to file their reply in four weeks.


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