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India strongly condemns 'derogatory' article on Sri Lanka govt site

Following strong protests from AIADMK members, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha the government would also summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner

 

India on Monday strongly condemned the "derogatory" article against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa appeared on the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website, as the controversy rocked Parliament with an agitated AIADMK demanding a resolution to denounce it.

 

"The issue raised by (AIADMK leader) V Maitreyan is indeed very serious. India strongly condemns it. We will definitely summon the High Commissioner of that country and tell him about it," External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said in Rajya Sabha after AIADMK members trooped into the Well demanding a statement from the government.

 

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments each as AIADMK members disrupted the proceedings and stormed the Well seeking a statement from the government and raising slogans denouncing the Sri Lankan President.

 

In the Lower House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, "While matters concerning diplomatic relations are dealt with delicately, this is totally unacceptable and condemnable. There is no hesitation in condemning it."

 

He also said he would convey the "strong feelings" of the members to Swaraj.

 

But the AIADMK members were not satisfied with the reply and stormed the Well raising slogans like 'Rajapakse down, down' and 'we want justice'.

 

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Maitreyan said the article appearing in the Sri Lankan Defence Ministry website was "derogatory" to Jayalalithaa.

 

He asked whether the government would summon the Sri Lankan High Commissioner as this was "an insult" to not only the Tamil Nadu government but also the Union Government.

 

AIADMK leader in Lok Sabha M Thambidurai demanded that the House adopt a "strong and unanimous resolution condemning Sri Lanka" so that such incident do not recur.

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Real Estate Firm Asked To Pay Rs25 Lakh for Harassing Buyer

Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd has been asked by a consumer forum to pay Rs25 lakh to Gurgaon resident Vijay Misra for harassing him by keeping him in the dark about matters related to a flat and demanding illegal considerations from him. The New Delhi Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, presided by CK Chaturvedi, asked the builder to pay Mr Misra Rs25 lakh, to issue him a fresh statement of dues and handover a fresh possession letter of the flat as per old agreed rates.


“We have considered the rival submissions and find it a text book case of harassment of innocent consumers. Opposite Party (builder) deliberately kept the complainant in dark by writing letters at wrong address and then demanded illegal considerations of holding things to restoration charges and failed to explain additional area charges for 113sq ft.

 

We hold all the action of the Opposite Party illegal, and nothing is payable on account of restoration charges plus holding charges or cancellation charges. The Opposite Party has acted in unfair way,” said the Forum members
SR Chaudhary and Ritu Garodia.

The Forum noted that the builder, in its reply, raised irrelevant issues of dispute between the parties and loan, etc, not paid to a bank.
 

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SC Asks Builder To Refund Money to Flat-owners in Illegal Building

The apex court asked Supertech, a major builder in north India, to refund money to flat-owners of Apex and Ceyane towers in Noida which were termed illegal and directed to be demolished by the Allahabad High Court. The Court said, “Allottees are entitled for the amount, as it is their hard-earned money and they can’t keep moving court. Supertech to give back within a month the principal amount to those allottees who had applied for refund.” The Court also asked Supertech to allot another flat to the allottees who did not want to get a refund.

The Allahabad High Court, in April 2014, ordered the demolition of two 40-storey towers of real estate company Supertech. The residential towers were a part of the Emerald Court Project in Sector 93A, Noida. They are unoccupied.
 

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