NEW DELHI: It is not just the Supreme Court that has taken real estate firm Supertech to task for breach of promise made to flat buyers, forcing them to approach courts for relief. In an ongoing case, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) recently took the rare step of ordering the company’s managing director Mohit Arora to remain present in each hearing.
The direction came after Arora appeared before the Commission only in response to bailable warrants issued against him in April this year in connection with failure to give possession to joint buyers of a villa in Sector 17A of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Area despite a long delay. The compensation for delay was also not paid.
Taking a serious view of the company’s failure to abide by earlier commission orders, a bench comprising member C Vishwanath and Justice Ram Surat Ram Maurya directed Arora’s presence at every hearing, with the case next listed on September 20. The MD had appeared before the apex consumer body and gave a commitment that the builder would give possession of the villa within 60 days and “on this assurance”, the commission cancelled the warrant against him.
Despite winning compensation for delay at the rate of 9% interest, Greater Noida resident, Kanwal Batra and his daughter have till now failed to either get the money or the property booked in the “Upcountry” project offered by the builder in December 2013 at a cost of approximately Rs 1.03 crore which the builder had promised to deliver in August 2014. It had six months’ grace period in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Appearing for the buyers, advocate Vrinda Kapoor highlighted that the project had no certificates without which possession can’t be handed over. She told the Commission that while the developer keeps offering possession claiming the completion certificate will be issued soon, the customers have been kept waiting and not been compensated.