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Builder booked for selling redevelopment flat to third party in Mumbai
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Builder booked for selling redevelopment flat to third party in Mumbai
Publish on : 2022-09-13 12:18:14
According to the complainant, the builder carried out the redevelopment of their old building and handed over 35 flats to their original owners except the complainant. The builder allegedly sold the comaplainant's flat to a third party, causing him a loss of Rs 2 crore. MUMBAI: The Chembur police have booked a builder for allegedly cheating a 61-year-old man who had a flat in a building that was redeveloped. According to the complainant, the builder carried out the redevelopment of their old building and handed over 35 flats to their original owners except the complainant. The builder allegedly sold the comaplainant's flat to a third party, causing him a loss of Rs 2 crore. Based on the complaint of Shankar Agavne, who runs a tailoring shop in Chembur, the police have lodged an FIR against Ritesh Shah of Rite Developers for cheating. Agavne has alleged that in 2012 while he was the chairman of the Kalabharti Co-operative Housing Society at Subhash Nagar in Chembur, Shah had proposed to redevelop the society consisting of 36 flats. As per the development agreement, each flat owner was promised a 500 sq ft carpet area in two 16-storey towers and the developer was supposed to complete the project in two years. After completing the redevelopment, the developer was to sell the saleable component in the open market. Agavane wanted 150 sq ft extra for which he paid Rs 7 lakh. Agavane said that the developer was to give him a 650 sq ft flat on the 10th floor and one free parking space. But when he and his family went to see the partly-constructed flat in 2017, they did not like it and hence requested the developer to give another flat on the 15th floor. According to Agavne, the developer asked him to pay the stamp duty charges which he did. The developer had completed constructions up to 14 floors, and 15th and 16th floors were under construction. Therefore, there was no purchase agreement. Agavane claimed that he was regularly in touch with the developer about the progress of the development work. "In February 2021, the builder started giving possession to tenants, and I used to ask him and his office when he would give us possession. There was no response despite messages and emails so I started growing suspicious. I made inquiries and was shocked to find that the flat which was allotted to us had already been sold to a third party," Agavne told police. Builder Shah told TOI that Agavne had selected a flat which is bigger in size and yet to be completed. "He wanted a specific flat on the higher floor which is not yet completed.We had asked him to pay Rs 40 lakh for the extra space he wanted but he wants it at the rate applcable eight years ago. We are ready to give him what he is eligible for but he is not coming even to talk," Shah said.

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