Bengaluru: A man sued a restaurant for charging 40 Paise more on his food bill. The court ordered him to pay Rs. 4000 as compensation. The court also criticized him to file the case for gaining publicity only.
The man, Murthy, had ordered a takeaway from Hotel Empire on Central Street in Bengaluru. The incident took place last year in May when he received a bill for Rs. 265. He later realized that he had been charged extra and the bill amount had to be Rs. 264.60.
Murthy objected to this but the restaurant staff did not satisfy his complaints. He ultimately went up to the consumer forum. He accused the Hotel of robbing the customers and claimed that he suffered mental shock and agony due to this incident. He sought compensation worth Re. 1 for “a deficiency of service” on the part of the hotel.
The case proceeding commenced on June 26, 2021, where Murthy himself represented his case. The lawyers on the opposite side argued that the complaint was “vexatious and frivolous”. They also claimed that the charge was the next round figure for tax and not the food. According to them, it is legal under Section 170 of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act of 2017.
Concluding the eight-month-long proceedings, the judge cited government circulars to inform Murthy. It said that any amount which amounted to less than 50 paise was to be ignored and any amount exceeding 50 paise was to be rounded off to the next figure.
It was stated that the Hotel was not at fault and Murthy was not liable for any compensation. According to the report, he was ordered to pay a compensation of Rs. 2000 to the restaurant and Rs. 2000 to the court for court expenses. The order was taken out on March 4, 2022. He was ordered to pay the amount within 30 days.