Trusts not Consumers

My Lord, Can a complaint be filed by a Trust under the provisions of The Consumer Protection Act, 1986?

A reading of the definition of the words ‘complaint’, ‘complainant’ and ‘consumer’ makes it clear that a Trust cannot invoke the provisions of the Act in respect of any allegation on the basis of which a complaint could be made… It is clear that a Trust is not a ‘person’ and therefore not a consumer. Consequently, it cannot be a complainant and cannot file a consumer dispute under the provisions of the Act.”

Honb’le Justice Madan B. Lokur, Pratibha Pratisthan v. The Manager, Canara Bank, [Civil Appeal No. 3560-61 of 2008].

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