The Bihar Real Estate Regulatory Authority (BRERA) urges the state and central government to form an interdisciplinary team to ensure that real estate companies reimburse buyers money with interest or to get the building registered and give possession to buyers.
The bench of chairman Naveen Verma and members Nupur Banerjee and RB Sinha made the above suggestion on Monday. During a series of cases against Shine City Infraproject Private Limited, the directors of this company supposedly have gone to Dubai. They have cheated several people to register property in their name despite taking money against a housing project in Naubatpur, Patna.
The bench noted that in addition to Patna, the company committed a similar infringement against home buyers in other cities like Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand.
Help of ED will be beneficial
The bench has ordered all plaintiffs to file an FIR to the State Police Economic Offence Unit (EOU) with all the facts and documents related to the company and submit them to RERA.
The bench has requested Bihar DGP to set up a dedicated investigation team to look at the consequences of the case. And explore the possibilities of seeking help from key investigative authorities such as the ED (Enforcement Directorate) to catch offender. As the company’s activities span several states and directors have gone abroad. It has also ordered RERA’s secretary to send a letter to DGP, with facts in the case so investors can register FIR against the company. It also instructed the RERA Secretary to discuss the matter with the Registrar of Companies in Lucknow for details of the company.
The authority is also taking help from a retired police officer with experience in financial crime. The role of officer is to investigate complaints from more than 90 people, who paid money to buy a property in Naubatpur but never brought to justice.