A builder who neither executed a sale agreement with a customer for a flat nor returned the booking amount was told by a consumer court to return Rs 2.5 lakh booking amount with interest, pay a compensation and bear the litigation cost.
The Additional Pune District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum passed the order within five months of the complaint relying on documents filed by the complainant as the builder did not represent himself in court. The Forum directed Jagbhushan Arya of Shree Constructions to pay 2.5 lakh to Bhupendra Chhetri of Vimannagar.
Chhetri stated he booked a flat in a residential project being developed by Shree Constructions and on September 16, 2008, paid Rs 1.75 lakh as booking amount. A month later, he paid Rs 75,000 as per the builder’s demand for executing an agreement. “Despite repeated reminders, the builder failed to execute the agreement,” Chhetri said in his complaint.
After regular follow-ups, the builder refused to sell the flat to Chhetri and told him his booking amount will be returned soon. Two cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh given by the builder to refund the booking amount, on October 15, 2011 and November 10, 2011 bounced, said Chhetri.
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