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NCDRC slaps Rs 1L fine on real estate firm

A punitive fine of Rs 1 lakh has been slapped on Ansal Properties and Infrastructure Ltd by the apex consumer commission for not providing a flat to one of its customers despite receiving money for it and prolonging the litigation by filing ‘frivolous’ appeals.

The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) imposed the fine on the realty major while dismissing its appeal, against the orders of district and Haryana state consumer fora, as a ‘gross abuse of the process of law’.

NCDRC had directed the Ansals to provide a flat to the complainant, Delhi resident Nidhi Jain.
‘Petitioner/builder in the present case “wants to have the cake and eat it too” as admittedly it has already received a sum of Rs 5,31,500 towards cost of the flat. Thus, it is enjoying the huge amount deposited by respondent.

‘The present petition is nothing but a gross abuse of the process of law and the revision petition is totally meritless and frivolous, which is required to be dismissed with punitive costs of Rs 1,00,000,’ a bench headed by justice V B Gupta said.

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