4 property owners in Vadodara to get sale deeds of properties after 30 years of legal battle


By Accommodation Times Bureau

After 30-year wait, four property owners will be able to get sale deeds of their houses done as Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (CDRC) has said that it was builder’s responsibility. It is the builder’s responsibility to get the sale deed of the property done because he has taken money from the buyer, the CDRC said in a recent order.

Bhupendra Patel, Josfi Christian, Vinay Patel and Niket Talati had bought houses in Mahadev Nagar Society in Nizampura in 1987 from Rajesh Rana, Iliyas Rana and Usha Rana for Rs1.5 lakh each.

The builders did not get the sale deed of the properties done saying that the four houses were sold under Urban Land Ceiling Act and therefore it needs to be released from the act first and the sale deed will be done after 10 years.

The four owners again requested the builders for the sale deed but were told that it will be done after another 10 years. In 2007, the builders were again asked by them to get the sale deed done but the builders asked for Rs5 lakh.

Apart from Bhupendra, Vinay, Christian and Talati, two other owners whose sale deed was pending, paid the money and got the sale deed done.

The four owners filed complaints with Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum against the builders through ‘Jagruk Nagrik Grahak Mandal’, a city-based voluntary consumer association in 2012. The builders’ lawyer argued that the complainants had filed the complaint after 25 years and hence not eligible to approach the forum.

However, the forum in 2014 rejected the arguments and ordered the builders to get the sale deed done within two months and slapped a fine of Rs4,000 on them.

The three builders went in appeal to the CDRC challenging the forum’s order. But the CDRC upheld the order of the forum and rejected their appeal.

Justice M D Shah while rejecting the appeal mentioned that when the builder takes money from the buyer for the property, it his responsibility to get the sale deed done without charging any extra cost.

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