Nashik builder jailed for not repairing house

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Nashik: A city-based builder was sentenced to two-year jail by a consumer forum for not abiding by its orders.

The forum had asked the builder to get the complainant’s house repaired within 60 days and pay a penalty of Rs 10,000. But, an inspection revealed that the repair was not done correctly.

Complainant Santosh Gangurde registered a complaint with Nashik consumer forum against builder Nilesh Sonawane, claiming the latter had not obeyed 14/10/2011-orders of the forum asking him to carry out repair of complainant’s house, to the mark.

Santosh Gangurde said that he bought the house from Sonawane, but there were many issues and so had registered the case in 2009 against the builder at the local forum. The forum had then ruled in his favour. Since the builder dilly-dallied with orders, and failed to repair the issues, Gangurde registered a case unders section 27 of Consumer Protection Act.

The builder however refuted the claims saying, “I had done the job as directed by the forum and the consumer was told everything about the same.”

The forum, however, relied on the evidence by government contractor, Sharad Jadhav. According to him, the repair work was not up to the mark.