The Delhi Central District Consumer Forum has directed a builder to pay Rs1 lakh compensation for delayed possession of a residential plot. The Forum also asked U-turn Housing Private Ltd to fully refund the amount paid at initial booking, along with interest. The complainant had booked a 300-sq yard residential plot in ‘Silver City’ project in Jaipur, in 2006. After an initial advance of Rs2.62 lakh, the complainant made part payment of Rs1.31 lakh on the assurance that the project would be completed in two years. Saying that the delay amounted to ‘harassment, pain and agony’, the Forum said, “...The developer launched the project without obtaining sanctions from the various departments of Rajasthan government. It collected the hard-earned money from the customers.”
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge-sheet against an Indore-based builder Bobby Chhabra and his aide Surendra Singh Siddhu for alleged scam of Rs5 crore involving a housing society under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Mr Siddhu had allegedly collected Rs5 crore from members of the society and deposited the amount in an unauthorised bank account with Transport Cooperative Bank instead of the designated account. He allegedly transferred Rs2.5 crore from this account to the one operated by Mr Chhabra, during 2008-09.
According to ED, Mr Chhabra allegedly purchased a 1.75-acre plot in Bhouransla village (Indore district) by withdrawing Rs1 crore from this account. ED has already attached the land. Sources said Mr Chhabra invested the remaining amount in another plot of land and probe is on to ascertain whether he has purchased the land concerned.
An IT engineer was duped for Rs4.5 lakh for a plot of land at a prime location on Pune-Ahmednagar road. The techie got carried away by an ad. After the engineer filed a complaint at Shikrapur police station against two people who had launched a scheme ‘Vision City’, 40 more people approached the police claiming that they too have been duped. The fraudsters, Niraj Lalit Pratapsingh and Nitin Tiwari, who are now absconding, used to verify the backgrounds of customers and, accordingly, quote the rate for the plots. The rates varied from Rs3 lakh to Rs6 lakh per guntha. The total amount of the fraud has crossed