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NRIs can purchase any house in India, rules consumer body

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New Delhi, Feb 9 (UITV)- Most of the Non-Resident Indians who return to the country can purchase any house in India, the apex consumer commission has said while asking Supertech Ltd to pay around Rs 64 lakh to an NRI for denying possession of a flat in Greater Noida.

Reshma Bhagat and her son Tarun Bhagat who had booked a flat in the builder’s project in 2008, the firm was scheduled to hand over its possession to the complainant in 2009 and when it did not construct the house, the Bhagats approached the consumer commission for refund and damages. National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), presided by Justice J M Malik, directed the firm to pay Rs 64 lakh to South Delhi resident.

The firm denied the allegations made by the complainants and claimed that NRI family had booked the flat to invest their money to gain profit and, therefore, they were not consumers.

The commission rejected the firm’s contention, saying “it cannot be made a ‘rule of thumb’ that every NRI cannot own a property in India. NRIs do come to India, every now and then. Most of the NRIs have to return to their native land. Each NRI wants a house in India. Tarun is an independent person and can purchase any house in India, in his own name.”

The NCDRC also rejected the firm’s claim that the complainants were offered an alternative flat but they rejected it and hence the complaint should be dismissed.