The Mumbai Suburban District’s Additional Consumer Forum recently directed Nirmal Developers (Mulund) to refund Rs3,08,807 to a Chembur resident after the firm failed to pay back the flat booking amount to the complainant. The Forum asked the firm to refund the amount with 12% interest from the date when the complainant had paid the booking amount. The Forum further asked the firm to pay Rs50,000 as fine and Rs5,000 towards litigation charges.
In 2007, CV Ramchandran had booked a flat worth Rs26 lakh in the firm’s Eden Gardens and paid Rs3,08,807 as the booking amount. The “Complainant claimed that as per the terms and conditions, (the builder) had promised to hand over the agreement for sale once it received the booking amount. However, it failed to execute the agreement,” reads the Forum’s order. Mr Ramchandran also claimed that the firm had induced him to book a flat by concealing the fact that the project was being developed on forest land.