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Refund Rs 6.81 lakh to complainant, forum directs real estate company

Also orders compensation of Rs 50,000 and litigation expenses of Rs 11,000.

THE DISTRICT consumer disputes redressal forum, Chandigarh, has directed a city-based real estate company to refund an amount Rs 6.81 lakh to a Rajasthan resident, who had paid the money to the company for a showroom space in a proposed project of the company. After the real estate company failed to refund the amount, the complainant approached the forum.

An order issued by the forum has directed the company to refund the amount of Rs 6,81,500 to the complainant with an interest at 9 per cent per annum from the date of deposit till realisation.

It has also directed the company to pay additional Rs 50,000 as compensation to the complainant for the unfair trade practice and harassment. Besides, the company has been told to pay Rs 11,000 to the complainant as litigation expenses.

Murari Lal, a resident of Sri Ganganagar in Rajasthan, had registered a complaint in the forum against Siswan Paradise (P) Ltd in Sector 9 and others. He said that on the basis of an advertisement, he approached the company and booked showroom space in the proposed project to be developed by the company. The complainant had paid Rs 6,81,500 to the construction company in four instalments.

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The complainant then found a public notice in a local newspaper in November 2012 which was published by the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, informing the general public that the farmhouse being sold was without taking development licence from the authority concerned. “The complainant visited the office of the company so many times and demanded refund of his money, but it dilly-dallied and ultimately on May 25, 2015 refused to do so,” the order said.

The consumer court in its order has observed that the complainant deposited Rs 6,81,500 towards the booking of a showroom in the project of the opposite parties (OPs). “… we feel that the act of the OPs in taking advance money from innocent consumers for their proposed project, despite the fact that they were not having development licence for the same, points towards unfair trade practice,” said the order. “The act of the OPs in keeping the money of the complainant and not refunding the same despite various requests certainly caused physical and mental harassment to him.”

First published on: 11-01-2016 at 04:07:14 am
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