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Want NOC to sell flat? Donate to brotherhood trust

A believe shaped via a couple of members of a sprawling housing society in Kandivali has allegedly coerced 9 flat homeowners into meting out Rs 25 lakh in general beneath the guise of donations to get no-objection certificate (NOCs) on the market of belongings.

The believe allegedly has the blessings of the building’s managing committee and one of the most unwilling donors needed to take loans to make those payments.

Fifty-four of the 226 flat homeowners of the 20-floor three-wing Raheja Eternity in Thakur Village, Kandivali East, wrote to the deputy registrar of societies and the Samata Nagar police last week, alleging that the charitable believe — named Eternity Social, Cultural and Charitable Organisation — run independently via 11 other folks had threatened to withhold the NOC from the housing society required for switch of possession unless the seller/purchaser paid a “donation” running into lakhs of rupees. It had flagged this factor with the charity commissioner in November last 12 months.

As per the Maharashtra Cooperative Housing Society Bye Laws, if a flat goes for resale, the housing society can accumulate an possession switch price. But this quantity is capped at Rs 25,000.

Residents identified that handiest seven of the 11 founders of the believe are members of the housing society. The others reside in highrises in Kandivali and Borivali. As per its constitution, a replica of which used to be procured via the complainants beneath the Right to Information Act from the administrative center of the charity commissioner, the believe objectives at promoting a "feeling of universal brotherhood in the western suburbs of Mumbai, especially Thakur Village." This allows any Western suburb resident to become a member of the believe.

But prefixing 'Eternity' to its identify, the believe is deceptive buyers into considering that it is associated with the housing society, mentioned the complainants. "It makes buyers think the building management committee is asking for the payment. The trust is a separate entity, unrelated to the society," mentioned Manish Dokaniya, a resident. Complainants want the believe's identify to be modified.

Residents mentioned that they discovered of the believe's formation at the housing society's annual general meeting in September last 12 months. They claimed that the society's managing committee instructed them categorically that although switch price used to be capped at Rs 25,000, buyers had been expected to donate to the believe.

"This was just a guise to collect extra money. A trust can accept lakhs of rupees by showing it as a charitable donation," mentioned Umesh Gupta, former Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute and one of the vital 54 complainants.

Ownership of 9 apartments has modified palms since September and the believe has allegedly accrued around Rs 25 lakh in general via "donations", every now and then taking Rs 2 lakh for a 2BHK and Rs three lakh for a 3BHK.

Ajay Singh, who paid Rs three.5 lakh to sell his 16th floor flat, mentioned he approached the housing society's managing committee for an NOC after taking the token quantity from the consumer. "The committee told me straight off that other than the transfer fee that is to be paid to the society, I would have to donate to the trust. When I protested, they threatened to withhold the NOC," Singh mentioned. Since Singh had already accepted partial payment from the consumer, he needed to bow to the diktat.

Deepak Gudhia, authentic owner of a third floor flat in the B wing who used to be additionally forced to contribute to the believe beneath duress, mentioned when he approached the managing committee for an NOC to sell his belongings, the committee went to the level of claiming that there used to be a rule that donations to the believe used to be obligatory. "The committee members asked me for Rs 2 lakh. I told them that I was in a financial crunch and could not afford to make any extra payment. But they stalled issuance of an NOC." Things came to this sort of move that it appeared like the sale could be known as off. "I then borrowed money to raise this amount. Even the buyer pitched in with Rs 75,000 just so that the deal could go through. I was also made to sign a letter stating that I was donating to the trust of my own accord," mentioned Gudhia.

The 54 residents additionally alleged that despite being a charitable organisation, the believe demands a membership price. "It also requires the approval of two existing members for induction of new members. If it is related to or run by the Raheja Eternity building management, shouldn't all residents automatically become members of it?" requested Rajesh Kumar, some other resident.

SK Sahu, chairman of the society, refused to comment at the allegations, announcing he used to be not the "appropriate" authority to respond to them.

Ashish Shrivastava, secretary of the society, showed that the believe used to be shaped via 11 folks and not via the society. He claimed that he used to be not acutely aware of any cash being demanded in the identify of the society.

Kiran Thakkar, president of the believe, directed this correspondent to get involved with Shrivastava.

An professional from the deputy registrar's administrative center in Kandivali showed the receipt of the grievance, however refused to touch upon it sooner than finishing touch of an investigation.

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