39 flat buyers get keys in building built under Bombay HC lens
Thirty-nine flat buyers were handed over keys in a free sale building which was constructed under the Bombay high court’s supervision in Goregaon (W) on Sunday. A three-member committee had been appointed by Justice S J Katha walla of the HC to oversee the construction.
The buyers had moved court last year alleging that they were being cheated, the project was delayed by seven years and possession was uncertain as the builder, Shekhar Dadarkar of SD Construction, had left them high and dry. Siddharth Nagar Ekta Suprabhat CHS had moved the HC last year against SD Construction for delaying redevelopment. The builder was to construct 145 flats in two buildings, including 85 flats for free sale in a proposed 19-storey highrise.An association of 56 people who paid market rates for flats in 2010-12 in the second wing also feared they were being cheated by the builder and had last year moved the HC through their lawyer, Tushar Gujjar.
The HC had passed hard-hitting orders against the builder, who also owns financial firms, for “cheating“ original tenants and flat buyers by collecting crores from them and denying them legitimate possession. On court orders to probe a tenant’s complaint against him, the economic offences wing of Mumbai police had even arrested Dadarkar last September. He was in custody for 60 days before getting bail.