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Splitwise: No pain, all gain!
Whenever we have to share bills and expenses with others, it becomes awkward to keep reminding them about the amounts owed to you. It becomes more awkward if the amounts are small and the frequency is high.
 
Install Splitwise app on your phone and request all your friends to install it on theirs too. Once done, Splitwise keeps a running total over time and you can settle with one big payment instead of several small ones. Friendly reminders can be sent by the app or also by email. So whether you are sharing rent, electricity, laundry or even hotel bills, enter the amounts in Splitwise along with the share of each person and let Splitwise do the math and the follow-up for you. Splitwise is free on Android and iOS, and is accessible free online.
 
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SRINIVAS SHENOY

2 months ago

It is a worthwhile app for friends regularly having a get together meeting and partying.

Thane Consumer Forum sends two builders to jail for non-compliance
The Additional Thane District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has sentenced two builders with imprisonment for failing to comply with its earlier order. Both builders, Ramdhari D Mishra of Mishra Builder and Developers from Vakola (Santacruz) and Shirishkumar Rangarao Chavan of Suraj Enterprises have been sent to Taloja Jail. While Mishra has been sentenced to two years in seven cases, Chauhan has been sentenced to three years’ simple imprisonment. Both have been asked to pay a fine of Rs10,000 in each case. This is probably one of the harshest orders by a consumer court and holds out great promise to those who are suffering due to recalcitrant builders. It is also a message that consumers who are duped can hope to get stringent orders from consumer courts, which are far less expensive to approach, allow a litigant to appear in person and deliver faster justice. 
 
Here is what happened in this case. Around seven buyers filed cases against Mishra after he failed to handover possession of their flats despite paying the entire cost of Rs10 lakh amount from each one of them for their flats. Mishra had challenged the order passed by the District Forum all the way to the Supreme Court. However, the apex court upheld the Forum’s order. Mishra still wouldn’t give up and refused to comply with the court’s directions. 
 
In its judgement with regard to Mishra’s case, the District Consumer Forum Bench headed by AZ Telgote, President and Tryambak A Thool, member, stated "... the Forum has passed the order in original Consumer Complaint on 30 April 2008 and directed Mishra to hand over the possession of the flat to buyers and pay compensation also. Thereafter the order of the forum was challenged by Mishra up to the Supreme Court. Ultimately the order of this Forum was upheld by the Supreme Court on 18 April 2013. Thereafter also Mishra from Mishra Builder and Developers deliberately avoided complying with the order of the forum. The Complainant(s) are deprived of their legitimate right since 2008. We have taken into consideration entire aspects of the matter and the health condition of Mishra and upon considering all these aspects we are of the view that two years punishment and fine would meet the ends of Justice."
 
The case of Mishra is also interesting as the builder had claimed that one buyer Ashok Kumar Tiwari has not paid Rs1 lakh and hence he was not handing over possession. At the same time, in a statement recorded under Section 313 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), he claimed that the flat in question is owned by him and therefore there is no question of him handing over the possession of the flat. 
 
"...his (Mishra's) statement under section 313 of CrPC and statement in his evidence are totally contradictory to each other. In a statement recorded under section 313 of CrPC he claimed that the flat in question is owned by him and therefore there is no question of his handing over possession thereof to the complainant, while in his evidence it is stated by him that an amount of Rs1 lakh is still due and payable by complainant (Tiwari) and if the complainant pays the outstanding amount, he is ready to handover possession of the flat to him," the Bench pointed out.
 
Although Mishra has been sentenced two years simple imprisonment and asked to pay a fine of Rs10,000 in each of the seven cases, the sentence will be served concurrently. Other buyers, who had filed a complaint against Mishra, include Daljit Singh Gulati, Dinesh Bapana, Harisingh Purohit (two cases), Jagjit Sing Gulati and Javed Sharafuddi Shaikh. 
 
Chavan of Suraj Enterprises also did not comply with the Forum's order on several occasions. In his statement recorded on 7 August 2015, under Section 313 of CrPC, Chavan admitted that he had not complied with the Forum's order dated 20 February 2014, but stated that he was going to comply with it. The Forum said that Chavan was supposed to comply with its February 2014 order within two months and yet in August 2015 he admitted that he had not complied with the orders. However, after recording statement in August 2015, Chavan absconded. "His conduct shows that he has deliberately not complied with the order of the forum," the Bench noted.
 
"...Chavan is sentenced to suffer simple imprisonment of three years and to pay a fine of Rs10,000 in default to suffer further simple imprisonment for 15 days for an offence committed under section 27 of Consumer Protection Act 1986," the Bench said in its order.
 
 
Section 27 of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986
 
27. Penalties. — (1) Where a trader or a person against whom a complaint is made or the complainant fails or omits to comply with any order made by the District Forum, the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, such trader or person or complainant shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than one month but which may extend to three years, or with fine which shall not be less than two thousands rupees but which may extend to ten thousand rupees, or with both:

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973, (2 of 1974), the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, shall have the power of a Judicial Magistrate of the first class for the trial of offences under this Act, and on such conferment of powers, the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be, on whom the powers are so conferred, shall be deemed to be a Judicial Magistrate of the first class for the purpose of the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974).

(3) All offences under this Act may be tried summarily by the District Forum or the State Commission or the National Commission, as the case may be.
 
 

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Avinash Murkute

1 month ago

Excellent Order true to letter and spirit of CPA and I hope such decisions shall also be taken in cases against telecom department wherein corruption issues were demonstrated as rampant. Merely saying that - approach to appropriate mechanism looks funny when consumer courts do have powers equivalent to Courts!

Gopalakrishnan T V

2 months ago

This is a welcome decison and this should be widely circulated through Builders Associations through out the country so that the builders can conduct themselves properly and avoid duping the prospective consumers. To ensure better public awareness of the Consumers rights, such decisions also should be widely circulated among the public through all possible means so that the general apathy to fight cases and Jane Do attitude can be minimised to ensure responsible services from all sorts of service providers.

Avinash Suryavanshi S

2 months ago

Laws will be enacted. All will not like it in entirety. What is of paramount importance is literacy regarding the existing Laws. You have the Internet, Internet has all Laws uploaded alongwith Citations of all Courts and Tribunals. Why not self educate ourselves and when we fall short of something we have platforms like Monelife who have committed themselves to everything from Financial Literacy, Rights of Citizens, Police Reforms, Consumer Literacy and Safeguards. They hold Seminars time and again. We should attend and support them. As far as RERA is concerned it is in it's nascent stages, yet to be finalised and ratified. Have we submitted our suggestions ? Is the question to be asked to ourselves.

Simple Indian

2 months ago

The draft RERA Rules 2016 notified by the Maharashtra Govt recently is heavily in favour of real estate developers to the detriment of home buyers. Hope social activists file PILs challenging its validity. All laws are passed by politicians so as to safeguard their own interests first, and everyone knows that all politicians park their illicit income in benami properties in India, until they become 'big enough' to park such monies in Swiss Banks / Cayman Islands etc.

SRINIVAS SHENOY

2 months ago

I hope the RERA rules are notified soon, as considerable time has passed since the framing of the Central legislation. I hope these rules are a improved version of the Central legislation in letter and spirit, and not in favour of the builders, as felt by the members of the general public.

SuchindranathAiyerS

2 months ago

A flash of hope for victims of the Real Estate Mafia. But is this more than flash in the pan?

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