Former Union law minister and senior Supreme Court lawyer, Ram Jethmalani (91) has complained to the Chennai city police that a real-estate dealer has cheated him of Rs7 crore. Mr Jethmalani, and his two friends in Delhi, had approached a real-estate broker in Nungambakkam whom they had identified through a website. They asked him to show them properties in prime areas in the city. The man collected Rs7 crore from them under the pretext of paying an advance to a landowner, but never got the land registered on their names. Whenever Mr Jethmalani and his friends tried to ask for the money, the dealer would dodge and suggest a few other properties instead. Finally, when they insisted on getting the money back, he vanished.
The legal metrology department has issued notices to many builders and developers in Bengaluru for using ‘sq ft’ as the unit of measurement in their advertisements. The notices were issued over October-December 2013 by eight flying squad inspectors. Some developers have been issued multiple notices and are liable to pay Rs10,000 as fine for each notice. One builder got six notices. If the fine is not paid, a criminal case will be registered. Apparently, since 1976, builders are required to use square metres instead of square feet. Many builders have started using ‘sq metres’ with ‘sq ft’ measurements in brackets. Strictly speaking, even this is illegal.
Additional Mumbai Suburban District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed Annapi Construction Co to hand over to Rashmi Patil the 790-sq ft flat booked in 1999 in a building in Mulund (Mumbai) and pay Rs12.75 lakh compensation for delay in handing it over. Annapi had given away the flat to another buyer. When the firm did not file its reply, on 16 March 2011, the Forum decided the matter ex parte.