More than 400 people who had booked flats in Teen Kanya, a housing project of Bengal Shelter Housing Development Ltd, in New Town (Kolkata), are in distress after State Bank of India announced that it was taking possession of the project to recover dues in excess of Rs176 crore. The project is half-complete. Most flat-owners bought into the Teen Kanya project because the state housing board has 49% stake in Bengal Shelter Housing Development. Three directors of a real estate company, Ajay Kumar Singhal, Pankaj Kapoor, and Manoj Kumar Goyal, were arrested by the economic offences wing (EOW) of Delhi police for allegedly cheating around 200 investors of over Rs10 crore under the pretext of allotment of flats at Sonepat (Haryana). The real estate company offered flats at Sonepat with a club, swimming pool and other facilities without having any valid licences or permission from the authorities to develop such a project.
The accused had promised to hand over the flats within three years but construction at the site never started. The victims ran from pillar to post and made every possible effort to recover their deposit amount. A case of cheating and criminal conspiracy was, finally, registered at the EOW police station based on the complaint of Hari Om Goyal, one of the investors.
Buying extra floor space index or paying a penalty cannot be a way to regularise an unauthorised construction, the Bombay High Court has ruled. Justice Roshan Dalvi upheld an order vacating the stay on the demolition of the top two floors of Shubh Apartments. “Purchase of the FSI cannot legalise such unauthorised construction,” said the judge.
What do you do when important documents related to your property are misplaced? The first thing to do is to file an FIR stating that the documents have been lost, misplaced or stolen, and get a copy of the complaint. If the house is mortgaged and the documents have been misplaced by the bank, the FIR will still have to be filed. A buyer has the right to ask the seller to provide a copy of the FIR. The home-owner has to place an advertisement in daily newspapers including one in English and one in the regional language, stating the loss of the original documents. Even the buyer can place such an advertisement and, through it, call for any claimant to the property within 15 days of the advertisement being published.