Builder Fined Rs7 Lakh

The Maharashtra State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has directed Liberty Investments Pvt Ltd to pay Rs7.40 lakh to a Mumbai-based cooperative housing society (CHS) for failing to fulfil statutory obligations of forming a CHS and procuring various important documents.

The builder has also been ordered to refund Rs5.47 lakh that the CHS members had paid towards formation of the CHS, sewerage taxes and other costs incurred, over the years. Additionally, the builder will also have to procure the occupation certificate and execute the conveyance deed in favour of the CHS within a period of four months.

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Mumbai Has over 55,000 Illegal Buildings

The BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has detected 56,266 illegal structures during 2008 and 2013. Of these, demolition was initiated for more than 45,000 structures.
For the other structures, legal battles are still going on, the civic body said in an affidavit submitted to the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, the BMC has also said that there were 100 buildings in the city with major floor space index (FSI) violations.

In January 2014, the civic body silently demolished 11 illegal floors of Deshabhimani, a building in western suburb of Goregaon, away from media glare or sympathetic visits from politicians as was the case in the Campa Cola compound. There are more than 6,000 buildings in the city where residents are living without the mandatory occupation certificate.

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Use the law to get your marriage certificate anytime

I was married on 8 May 1979 at Ambala. I am based in Mumbai and have two sons and a grandson. I do not have a marriage certificate and need one. How do I go about getting it?

LRC’s Reply: If someone says “I have done a court marriage,” what he means is that he has got married under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 (SMA). Here, the marriage is not solemnised according to religious rites. The parties to the marriage can retain their religion even after marriage. Children born to such couples (of different religions) get their father's religion by birth.

Persons like you, who have become a father (or a grandfather), should register their marriage under the SMA, by filling Form No16, by giving one month’s notice for intended registration of the marriage, at sub registrar’s office (marriage office).

This is because, in your marriage registration certificate, you will have not only yours and your wife’s name but also your children’s names with their age, at the time of your marriage registration. Therefore, your marriage certificate, under SMA, is like a government-approved family certificate.  

The Process
You will have to give notice in Form 16, to the marriage officer, in triplicate. In each copy of Form 16, you need to affix your and your wife's photograph. Fill all the entries correctly, such as your wife's full maiden name, her full married name and your present address.

With your marriage notice, you need to enclose one attested set of documents for both, the husband and wife, including copies of address, age and identity proof (voter’s card or passport are the best, as they give address proof, age proof and identity proof in one document), school-leaving certificate (for age proof of both, and your wife’s maiden name proof).

You will have to show the original documents of all the attested copies to the marriage officer, who will accept the notice, after verifying all the proofs.

 The marriage officer will give you the date and time for the marriage registration. This date will be within 30 days and not later than 90 days of giving the notice.

 On the day of the registration, you and your wife, along with three adults (above age of 18 years) as witnesses, will need to go to office of the registrar of marriages, for the registration. You and your wife need to carry all the original documents, whose copy you have submitted while giving the notice for your intended marriage registration. Your witnesses will also need to carry documents like their age proof, address proof and photo identity proof with them, along with one attested copy of each of the document.
Witnesses’ documents required are the same as the husband and wife’s documents and, if the witnesses have their passport, that single document will serve the purpose.

After you have filled in all the documents as required for marriage registration and paid the required fees, take the date on the reverse of the fee receipt, to get your marriage registration certificate. To take your marriage registration certificate, any one of the five (you two and your three witnesses) can go to the registration office, with your fee receipt on the day on which you are called.

We also suggest that you to apply for at least two copies of the marriage registration certificate, after your registration formalities are completed, so that husband and the wife will have one copy each with them.

Have a legal question? Try  Moneylife Foundation’s Legal Resource Centre. Check out
http://lrc.moneylife.in and register at http://moneylife.in/lrc.html

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