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Cessed buildings: Bombay High Court wants mechanism wherein developers stop re-development midway

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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court recently initiated a suo-motu (on its own) petition to develop a mechanism for situations where developers stop re-development midway, leaving tenants without home or transit rent for decades.

The division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and SG Dige observed that in Mumbai it’s an “increasingly common problem of the human condition” where projects are abandoned. A consequent dereliction in payment of property tax would result in the civic body and Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority having a claim against the property itself.

“With the members (tenants) out of their homes, deprived of transit rent, the building incomplete (or, in some cases, not constructed at all), and years and even decades passing without a resolution in sight? Entire generations pass in the meantime,” said the justices, adding, “We have to ask ourselves if this is really what society re-development means or was ever intended to mean, and whether encouraging or incentivising private participation in such projects is meant to only benefit profit-driven developers when it should primarily assist the residents of this city?”

According to a report from November 2019, nearly 50,000 families are stranded due to stalled redevelopment in over 2,152 cessed buildings in Mumbai.

After being informed about an amendment to the MHADA Act is yet to be enforced, the court said its orders in the present petition can be used as a model till then.

The court passed the order in a petition filed by one Upkar Kochhar seeking arrears of transit rent and allotment in a redevelopment premises. Mr Kochhar and 44 other tenants had vacated their cessed premises known as Ratilal Mansion at Parekh Street in Girgaon in 2009. The private developer, Orbit Corporation Ltd, was in liquidation.

As for now, there are arrears of property tax, an attachment is levied by the MCGM. And in the meantime, the society members are in a difficult situation without rent.

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AIMPLB to increase women representation in board

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The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to include more women in decision-making committees of the Board.

After discontinuing its women’s wing in March 2022, the AIMPLB has not only restored it now, but has decided to include them in all its important committees for getting their views.

The women’s wing will educate women of the community about the rights and duties of women, according to Islamic Shariat.

Women members of the Board will campaign against expensive marriages, dowry in the Muslim society, as well as make families aware of giving daughters a share in the property instead of dowry.

Dr. Qasim Rasool Ilyas, executive member of the AIMPLB, said, “The women’s wing has been restored in the Board meeting on Sunday. The AIMPLB has 251 members across the country, out of which the number of women members is 30. The number of members of the executive committee is 51 in which four women have been included.”

He said, “Now, there will be one convener and five joint conveners in the women’s wing of the Board. They will work to make women members across the country. These members will make women aware about the rights of women and their duties found in Islamic Shariat. They will also give information about Islah-e-Ashara Tafaheem-e-Shariat and Kanoon-e-Shariat.”

Dr Qasim said that the AIMPLB has made Nikahnama simpler with some changes to bring it down from four pages to two pages. In the Nikahnama, along with the information about the husband and his rights after marriage, his duties have been given and guidelines have been given to the Qazi who performs marriage ceremony.

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Adil Khan Durrani arrested in Mumbai after Rakhi Sawant accuses him of cheating, having extra-marital affair

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Rakhi Sawant’s husband Adil Khan Durrani was arrested by the Mumbai Police on Tuesday after the actress lodged an FIR against him for cheating and having an extra-marital affair.

According to a report in Times Now, Rakhi had recently filed a case at the Oshiwara police station, accusing her husband of infidelity.

Not just that, but she also blamed Adil for her mother’s demise.

Rakhi’s accusations against Adil

A day ago, Rakhi was spotted outside the Oshiwara police station when she told the paparazzi that she was stressed as Adil was having an extra-marital affair with a woman named Tanu.

She claimed that Adil has decided to part ways with her and is currently living with his alleged girlfriend Tanu.

Rakhi also stated that she had given Rs 10 lakh to Adil for her mother’s treatment but he did not spend the money for the same. She accused him of torturing her and using her name to become a star in Bollywood.

Rakhi and Adil’s marriage

A few days ago, social media was taken by storm after pictures of Rakhi and Adil’s nikaah ceremony surfaced online. The actress then revealed that she got married in July 2022 itself, but did not make it official as Adil was scared it would hamper his sister’s wedding.

After the visuals surfaced, Adil had initially denied the wedding, only to accept it later, and claim that the two were happily married.

Rakhi also changed her name to ‘Rakhi Sawant Fatima’ post her nikaah with Adil.

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CM Eknath Shinde appeals Thane builders to construct affordable projects

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Thane: The Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Monday appealed to the builders’ community of Thane to construct affordable and big projects in the city.

Shinde while addressing a gathering at the Credai MCHI exhibition, said, “There will be a need for mutual cooperation in this field and the state government will provide all possible support for this business. During the covid period, this sector provided a lot of support to the state government.”

Shinde added, “The state government prepared the Unified Comprehensive Development Control and Promotion Regulations (Unified DCR) when I was the Urban Development Minister. Due to this regulation, the construction business has gained momentum. It has helped to start many projects. Also, the general public should also benefit from this regulation. Along with this, it was decided to give relief from stamp duty and premium to recover this sector from the blow that hit the construction sector during the corona period and the builders and then directly to the consumer got a big benefit.”

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