Vaastu expert milched Vijayapura resident of Rs 5L, but result was zilch

Hundreds of people, weary of problems in life, approach the so-called Vaastu experts for solutions. But they realise they are cheated when no solution comes their way even after incorporating suggestions made by the experts.

Mahadev Dudihal, a resident of Ramanagar in the city working with a law firm, is one such victim. Dudihal was caught in some personal problems. He was impressed by a Vaastu expert who appears on TV and offers solutions to problems for free or negligible cost.

He contacted the firm of the expert and explained his problems. He was told that a representative of the expert would visit his house to know the defects in the structure, for Rs 500. The representative came and inspected the house. He suggested to Dudihal that the problems could be got rid of if he was ready to invest Rs 10,000.

Dudihal agreed. The representative called him up after a week and told him that he would visit Dudihal’s house again and instal a few materials to get rid of the defects. The person came and presented him things like a tortoise made of Pancha Loha (five metals), some balls for hanging from the roof and a plaque with a mirror.

Even after eight months, the problems remained. Dudihal informed the representative about his plight. The representative again visited Dudihal and suggested some alterations and additions to the house. He said the Vaastu expert had himself suggested the changes.

“The Vaastu expert said the measures would not only end my problems but also open the floodgates of prosperity for me,” said Dudihal, who spent Rs 5 lakh on altering his house.

Dudihal approached the district consumer forum for relief and recovery of the money. The court admitted his case. He was made to appear for dates over a few months. But no notice was served on the Vaastu expert. Finally, the forum ruled that the case was not maintainable.

Dudihal wrote to the state consumer redress forum and sought directions to the district consumer court. But there was no response. He said forum insiders told him that he was wasting his time on the case as the Vaastu expert had contacts in all such courts and he ‘manages’ the cases wisely.

The victim has now appealed to the government to make the consumer law more comprehensive to have jurisdiction over and provide relief in such cases.

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