R Santhanam (of Chennai) complained to NCDRC (National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission) that Fairdeal Construction said that land was available in Thiruvanmiyur. The proprietor offered for sale 5,650sq ft of land, which included four floors with two flats each. Mr Santhanam agreed to purchase eight flats, each measuring 1,670sq ft, at Rs7,000 per sq ft. Mr Santhanam provided Rs93.52 lakh to Fairdeal Construction by cheque as advance payment. According to the terms of the agreement, if clearance was not obtained within four months, Mr Santhanam could cancel the purchase and Fairdeal would have to return the advance with 12% interest. The realtor did not get approval within five months nor did he start construction. Hence, Mr Santhanam complained to NCDRC. NCDRC said that Mr Santhanam had proved the allegations through documentary evidence. It directed the realtor to refund the advance amount with 12% interest and Rs10,000 as litigation costs.