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An MSc in Organic Chemistry and Diploma in Higher Education and Diploma in French. As a junior college teacher, he taught theory and practical in chemistry, to students in 11th and 12th standard at Patkar College from July 1980 to May 2012. After his retirement in May 2012, he started providing guidance to people on several issues. It includes, career guidance, Cooperative Housing Societies' legal paper works, Right to Information (RTI), Lokayukta, Ombudsman complaints, Marriage Registration,

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Yogesh Sapkale

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Sucheta Dalal

Trustee - Moneylife Foundation

Sub: Entry denied in society to my tenant & harassed during Covid-19 on illegal and unjust grounds by Managing Committee.

Respected Sir,

I own a 4 BHK flat in a registered society which comes under Registrar for CHS, SRA, Bandra (E).

I wanted to give my flat on rent to my tenant with all legal documentation such as Registered Agreement, Police NOC, Medical test certificate for all family members. Since, Society office is closed from so many days due to Covid-19 so I could not be delivered the letter to the office, so in last I have informed Managing Committee well in advance through mail on society official mail id.

At the time of entering, The committee harassed me, my tenant, and her family in the following manner:
1. My tenant was mentally harassed while they were shifting in the flat by some managing committee members on no practical grounds.
2. My tenant and her family were asked to produce medical test reports, which, according to my knowledge, is not permitted. (A similar situation took place in Pune on 28th June 2020). Still, my tenant delivered the medical reports of all family members.
3. Their car was stopped at the society's entrance and not allowed to enter inside.
4. They were made to stand at the society's main entry for 3 hours during Covid-19 among a crowd of around 50 to 100 people.
5. My tenant had no choice but to call the police, and the beat marshals arrived, to whom we explained the entire matter; he said that the committee members are wrong at their place and he suggested us to go to the Police Station.
6. At the police station, the Inspector, heard the entire matter as narrated by us & seen all the papers; he called the committee members and told them that they have no right to stop the tenant.
7. The committee member said that society NOC was not produced, to which Inspector replied that it is (Society NOC) not required at all. Finally, at 10:30 pm, my tenant was let in society and in my flat.

This chaotic episode was created by the committee members on no subject whatsoever, even after we proceeded forward with the shifting process legally. I had also intimated the MC about the shifting Six days in advance and we got no proper response from them. They wanted to conduct an interview of my tenant too but none of the MC members showed availability to do the same even after asking them multiple times.

My tenant a lady ages 58 years and her family including her young daughter ages 25 years were mentally harassed and were made to stand three hours at the outside of society's main entry gate and were also forced to make a visit to the police station with me in the night at 10.00 PM, which is completely unacceptable and a clear case of persecution in this tough situation of Covid-19.

Our Secretary is suffering from Corona & under Pandemic act he should disclose his disease, while he is hiding this from the rest of the society members which can be very dangerous to the entire society.

This is my humble request to you to please advise to take strict legal action against the committee members who were involved in this, especially the Secretary of the society as he is the main culprit who spun the entire matter and tormented me and my tenant.

Please advise making an order by Registrar to dissolve this managing committee as they are doing very unparliamentary work & running this society without any bye-law of MCS.
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Shirish Shanbhag An MSc in Organic Chemistry and Diploma in Higher Education and Diploma in French. As a junior college teacher, he taught theory and practical in chemistry, to students in 11th and 12th standard at Patkar College from July 1980 to May 2012. After his retirement in May 2012, he started providing guidance to people on several issues. It includes, career guidance, Cooperative Housing Societies' legal paper works, Right to Information (RTI), Lokayukta, Ombudsman complaints, Marriage Registration,

Bapoo Malcolm Bapoo Malcolm is an Advocate at the Bombay High Court and a former national cycling champion and a man of many interests. Mr Malcolm is an expert in the mechanics of preparing Wills. He is advocate practising civil and criminal law as well as documentation and arbitration. He also takes up family court matters, redevelopment and MHADA matters and testamentary work, including litigation. Mr Malcolm operates in areas up to Nashik and Valsad and from Igatpuri to Udvada. He has experience in polluti

Ashok Kargutkar Ashok Kargutkar is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB) and has worked in Bank of India for 26 years. He has also been an insurance advisor with LIC India and AMFI registered Mutual Fund Advisor for 5+ years. He has also been a counsellor at Abhay Credit Counselling Center since its inception in Sept. 2008 to 2014.

AV Shenoy AV Shenoy hold degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Worked as a Design Engineer in Electrical Business Group of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at Powai from October 1969 to September 2001 and retired as Dy. General Manager. Also worked as a Facilitator/Trainer for implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO 9000 in the organization. Since r

Abhay Datar Abhay Datar is a consumer activist and is also Member of the Managing Committee of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP). He was Treasurer at MGP for over two and a half years. After working at Bank of Baroda for about 29 years, he retired as IT Manager. After retirement, Mr Datar joined Consumer Guidance Cell of MGP in 2008 and solved many cases related to banking including online fraudulent transactions, misuse of credit cards and ATM cards. Also handled cases related to mobile and mediclaim. Mr Data

Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi is a former Central Information Commissioner for the Right to Information Act. He is a successful RTI activist and a regular speaker at Moneylife Foundation.

SD Israni Dr SD Israni is an Advocate & Partner of SD Israni Law Chambers and has over 37 years of experience in the field of Corporate, Commercial and Securities Laws. He has simply written the book on Indian securities laws, copies of which he kindly donated to Moneylife Foundation library. Dr Israni's professional achievements are formidable. He was a member of the Naresh Chandra Committee for simplification of Company Law relating to private and small companies. He has been on SEBI's committee on

Samir Zaveri An extraordinary activist who has dedicated his life to the cause of railways, with a mission to help every rail commuter and accident victims, and improve Railway safety.

Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale is Deputy Editor of Moneylife and writes on legal, RTI, and consumer issues

Sucheta Dalal Trustee - Moneylife Foundation

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