A consumer court in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh has imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on Govinda and Jackie Shroff for promoting a painkiller oil. Apart from this, the oil making company has also been fined. A young man had filed a lawsuit five years ago against a herbal oil-making company and two of its celebrity brand ambassadors, which has now been decided.
In the complaint filed, it was alleged that pain relief was not done in 15 days, as claimed in its advertisement. In July 2012, after seeing an advertisement in the newspaper, lawyer Abhinav Aggarwal of Muzaffarnagar called for pain relief herbal oil worth Rs 3,600 for his 70-year-old father Brij Bhushan Agarwal.
The advertisement claimed that if the customers do not benefit, the money will be returned within 15 days. The pain could not go away even after ten days of use, after which Agarwal spoke to the representative of the company of Madhya Pradesh and he told them to return the product and refund it.
However, the company did not pay the money back and started harassing the lawyer when contacted again. After this, the lawyer filed a complaint in the consumer court. He told, “I bought the product because celebrities like Govinda and Jackie Shroff were promoting it. The company promised that the pain would go away in 15 days, but everything was cheating.”
The court has directed to give Rs 20 thousand as compensation to all the five people related to the case, Govinda, Jackie Shroff, Telemart Shopping Network Pvt Ltd and Max Communication. Apart from this, the firm was ordered to pay Rs 3,600 along with other legal expenses to Agarwal at an interest rate of 9% per annum.