[ecis2016.org] The union government, while defending the real estate act against petitions challenging its constitutional validity and some of its provisions, has told the Bombay High Court that the Act was a reformative and beneficial piece of legislation
Defending the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA), amid challenges to its constitutional validity, the union government, on November 1, 2017, told the Bombay High Court that the Act was a reformative, well thought-out and beneficial piece of legislation. Appearing for the union government, additional solicitor general Anil Singh told the high court that RERA was passed unanimously by the parliament, after due deliberations. He said the corresponding bill was notified well in time, objections from stakeholders and the public were invited and the bill was passed and the Act was notified, only after parliament agreed that it was necessary to protect the interests of flat buyers.
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“The developers can’t say that they were taken by surprise. All legal provisions were followed, before notifying the Act. Besides, it was brought into force only to regulate the real estate sector and to protect the interest of the common public, the home buyers. Until now, the developers rampantly flouted norms, took money from flat buyers and diverted the same to some other projects. They routinely defaulted on project deadlines and the flat buyers had nothing to turn to, when left in a lurch. The Act is a beneficial legislation and has been brought in, to balance the interests of all the stakeholders,” Singh said.
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The union government’s arguments were made before a bench of justices Naresh Patil and Rajesh Ketkar, who have been conducting daily hearings on a bunch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity and the implementation of some provisions of the RERA. The petitions have been filed by several real estate developers, some individual plot owners and cooperative societies.
The petitioners have questioned, among other things, the provisions that mandate that all ongoing projects to be registered with the authority set up under the new Act and provide stringent penal action to ensure that projects are completed within fixed time.
In September, 2017, after several petitions challenging the RERA were filed in the high courts across the country, the Supreme Court stayed the proceedings in other courts and suggested that the Bombay High Court hear its RERA cases first.
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