Saturday, 12 November 2016

High-rise forced to admit member after cops show up

Grand Paradi at Kemps Corner had illegally demanded a massive transfer fee from a flat buyer

A Kemps Corner high-rise that had demanded a massive transfer fee from an apart ment buyer in violation of norms was compelled to accept him as a member after authorities showed up and entered his name in the society register.

Businessman R Shah had purchased a flat in Grand Paradi two years ago, but the society refused to register him as a member unless he paid a transfer fee of Rs 33.5 lakh.According to the law, a housing society cannot demand more than Rs 25,000.

The flat needed urgent renovation, but Shah could not order any work without the membership. After a series of letters failed to resolve the dispute, Shah approached the deputy registrar of societies, which ruled that the demand for Rs 33.5 lakh was illegal and asked Grand Paradi's managing committee to collect only Rs 25,000.

The order was issued in March this year. The society appeal against it, but officials again ruled in Shah's favour and asked the managing committee to register him as a member.

Committee members apparently continued to drag their feet on the issue, forcing the Shah family to again seek authorities' help.

On June 27, the officer of deputy registrar asked the authorised official on the case, Anil Jadhav, to ensure the registration formalities were completed. Jadhav visited the society twice, but each time he was turned away.Finally, the deputy registrar wrote to the tehsildar's office.

Last week, the tehsildar and the city's executive magistrate ordered the Malabar Hill police to visit Grand Paradi and enter Shah's name in the register. A share certificate was also issued. “I hope this serves as a wake-up call that such intolerance and highhandedness will not be taken lying down,“ Shah wrote in a letter to the society.

Despite several attempts by Mirror, society chairman Jyotsna Tanna didn't respond to calls and messages.