Pay Rs.5000/- daily if possessions are delayed-Consumer Court to DLF
National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission in its latest landmark judgment come out heavily on the real estate giant DLF and directed the company to pay Rs. 5000/- per day to each allottee for the delay in handing over the physical possession of the unit which they had booked. What is considered to be the major setback to the real estate company DLF, the group of around 50 allottees approached the National Consumer Court against the DLF for not giving the physical possession on stipulated time.
The Court has also directed the DLF to hand over the possession to all the allottees as per the current deadline of November this year, otherwise, be ready to face the consequences. Saurav Goel, consumer court lawyer in Chandigarh informed that the Apex Consumer Court has also granted Rs. 30,000/- to each person as litigation expenses & harassment. He said that such landmark judgments will protect the small investors from being cheated and harassed from the mighty real estate companies.
Justice J.M. Malik and member Dr. S.M. Kantikar of National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission also directed the real estate tycoon DLF to pay the interest of 12% per annum till the possession is given to all the allottees from the date of expiry of three years from the date of allotment letter.
We were told by the group of consumer lawyers in Chandigarh about the factual reality on the ground that DLF has launched this scheme in the year 2010 known as DLF valley at the outskirts of Panchkula. The allottees have booked their plots in the year 2010 onwards and the DLF has promised to complete the project within 2 years from the date of allotment but the DLF keep on extending its deadline from time to time.
During the course of argument before the National Consumer Commission. The DLF went on saying that the allottees are not even consumers and has also raised the argument that most of the allottees have more than one house and the Court should dismiss their case. The NCDRC found no force in DLF’s argument and rejected the same as many of the aggrieved persons proved that they are ready to shift immediately if the possession is given.