“FIR Filed Against Anand Mahindra for Alleged Car Safety Misrepresentation After Fatal Accident”

FIR Filed Against Anand Mahindra for Alleged Car Safety Misrepresentation After Fatal Accident

An FIR (First Information Report) has been registered against Anand Mahindra, the Chairperson of the Mahindra Group, and 12 others in Uttar Pradesh, India, over allegations of providing “false assurances” regarding the safety of their cars. The case was initiated following a complaint filed by Rajesh Mishra, a grieving father who lost his son in a car accident. The incident has raised concerns about car safety and advertising practices.

Mr. Mishra, a resident of Kanpur, claimed that he purchased a black Scorpio vehicle worth Rs 17.40 lakh after being persuaded by advertisements and social media promotions by Anand Mahindra himself, which highlighted the car’s safety features. He gifted the car to his only son, Apoorv Mishra. However, tragedy struck when Apoorv was involved in a car accident, and the airbags that were supposed to deploy in such situations did not activate, allegedly resulting in his untimely death.

According to Mishra’s account, the accident occurred on January 14, 2022, as his son, Dr. Apoorv, was returning to Kanpur from Lucknow. The vehicle was occupied by Apoorv and his friends, all of whom were wearing their seat belts, as per the police report. Due to foggy conditions, the car collided with a divider and subsequently rolled over multiple times, tragically claiming Apoorv’s life at the scene.

In his complaint, Mr. Mishra asserted that he would have never purchased the car if Mahindra and the dealership had not made glowing claims about the vehicle’s safety features in their advertisements. He alleged that despite the occupants wearing seat belts, the airbags failed to deploy upon impact, and the company had deceived him with false assurances. Subsequently, through his sources, Mishra discovered that there were allegedly no airbags in the car.

In response to these allegations, Mr. Mishra pursued legal action by approaching a local court. This led to the filing of an FIR against Anand Mahindra and others under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including charges of cheating, negligent conduct with respect to machinery, causing death by negligence, intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace, and criminal intimidation.

The case has triggered discussions about car safety standards and the responsibilities of manufacturers and advertisers to ensure that consumers are provided with accurate information regarding the safety features of their products. The legal proceedings are expected to shed further light on this matter and could have implications for advertising practices within the automotive industry.

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