Explosion in illegal LPG cylinder will have no compensation! Decides consumer commission

New Delhi: In a major decision, the Delhi State Consumer Commission has said that the gas agency will not be responsible for the accident caused by the possession of illegal LPG cylinders. The commission gave the decision while refusing to order compensation to the victims in the gas cylinder blast case.

A bench of justices Sangita Dhingra Sehgal and member Rajan Sharma said it is clear from the facts that the agency had given only one cylinder to the consumer while giving the connection, but the consumer had illegally kept another cylinder. The bench said that in such a situation, the gas agency cannot be held responsible for the accident. The bench said that on April 27, 2009, the accident took place at the house of the appellant while changing the empty cylinder and from the reply of the appellant, it is clear that the damaged cylinder is still with him, while the second empty cylinder was replaced by the gas agency from the new cylinder.

The bench said that in such a situation, the claim of the gas agency that the consumer had illegally purchased the additional cylinder was correct. The bench said that the accident took place due to an illegal cylinder, in such a situation, the gas agency cannot be held responsible and neither does it constitute a case of deficiency in service. Making this observation, the Commission turned down an appeal seeking compensation in lieu of the death of a person in the cylinder blast.

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