Vashi builder, 4 staff booked for cheating under MOFA

A city-based builder of a realty firm and four of his staff were booked by APMC police under the provisions of Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act (MOFA), 1963, on September 9.

NAVI MUMBAI: A city-based builder of a realty firm and four of his staff were booked by APMC police under the provisions of Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act (MOFA), 1963, on September 9.

The five accused allegedly accepted payments for two flats from the complainant woman and her son-in-law, collectively amounting to Rs 71.43 lakh by cheque, cash and NEFT transfers since 2013. But they declined to hand over the flats or refund the entire amount paid to them. They were also charged with cheating and criminal breach of trust.

The complainants also alleged that they could file an FIR several months after the builder had terminated the sale deed agreement in 2015.

The son of the complainant Irfana Siddiqui (54), Mansoor, said, “My mother and brother-in-law purchased two flats in 2013 on the seventh floor of Mega Atmos in sector 18, Ulwe. In 2015, the builder terminated the sale deed, citing a delay in payment of balance amount for the flats, though we paid the balance within the stipulated period.”

Siddiqui added that they approached the APMC police station after the accused refused to refund the full amount paid to them. “But FIR was not registered for months. In July 2016, we sought the intervention of the CM and other authorities. After the CM directed the police chief to take action, an FIR was lodged last week.”

Siddiqui alleged that the cops are yet to arrest the accused, who are still operating from their Vashi office. The five accused of Mega Group allegedly accepted payments on the account of Mega Realtors.

API M Wagh said, “We sent legal notice to the accused. They will be arrested if they don’t cooperate.”

Source: http://realty.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/regulatory/vashi-builder-4-staff-booked-for-cheating-under-mofa/54321756

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