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Who are Witnesses and What are Their Rights in India

Introduction: Meaning of Witness in general sense (definition):- Any individual who is present and understands or sees something. An individual or person who testifies in a court. An individual or person who presents or provides evidence. Meaning of Witness:- In a legal sense, a witness is a person who has knowledge about the relevant case […]

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Useful Links to Consumer Complaint in West Bengal

Consumer Law To file consumer complaint in West Bengal or Kolkata, it is very important to understand how consumer law works in India. Consumer law helps consumers to effectively raise complaints before the consumer forum when there is any dispute with sellers or merchants. This post lists some of the most important links that will […]

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Women Safety in India – Useful Links and Numbers

For Women’s Safety in India Women’s safety is of paramount importance in India. This is a short list of collected helpline numbers to provide immediate support and protection to women in India. Please call for immediate help. Central Social Welfare Board -Police Helpline 1091/ 1291 (011) 23317004 Shakti Shalini 10920 Shakti Shalini – women’s shelter […]

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Road Ahead with the Indian Real Estate Act 2016

Under the recently passed The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 (RERA), India has adopted several new features that will control the real estate market. Most importantly, the Act brings in Real Estate Regulatory Authorities who will be in charge to ensure compliance with the law. With the authority in place, all projects and […]

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NRI Real Estate Investment Opportunites and Concerns

The Indian real estate market continues to grow rapidly. There is a positive sentiment flowing throughout the country and the real estate market is riding the wave. According to the World Investment Report by United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, India is currently ranked fourth in Asia for FDI inflows in 2016. Indian real estate […]

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Developers do not Have to Maintain Flat or Apartment after Registration is Completed

Developers do not Have to Maintain Flat or Apartment after Registration is Completed and Property Handed Over The Calcutta High Court in Merlin Tf Lake View & Ors vs Ruchir Jain & Ors on 26 August, 2015, held that: “Once the apartments are constructed and registration is completed, we fail to understand how the maintenance charges […]

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Consumer Complaint Online Portal in West Bengal

For those of you who are looking for ways to file consumer complaints against those who are negligent in their services or goods. The West Bengal government has recently launched an online complaint portal that will help them to tackle such complaints effectively. You can now file complaints here: https://wbconsumers.gov.in/ProtectedPages/con_login.aspx Here is more information about how to […]

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New Changes to Thika Tenancy in West Bengal

In continuation to the earlier analysis of thika tenancy in West Bengal : https://advocatechenoyceil.com/2013/07/13/deconstructing-west-bengal-thika-tenancy/ It has now come to light that the current West Bengal government is trying to bring a one window mechanism to help thika tenants and bharatias regulate their holding. Under the new law, the thika tenants or bharatias will not require the […]

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Co-operative Society cannot Charge Fee or Raise Donation to Approve Transfer of Property

According to the latest update in the FAQs by the Department of Cooperation, the cooperative housing society cannot charge any fee or donation for transfer of membership from the transferor/member. This is the latest update from the previous position, where, the society could charge upto 0.5% of the sale value in terms order no. 2522 dated […]

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Ease of Doing Business in India Improving

India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and by 2016-17 it will be the biggest economy in the world. India’s growth rate is destined to touch 8% by 2016-17. Further, by 2050, it is believed India will overtake all countries in its Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). However, doing business in India […]

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Separately Selling Car Parking Space Illegal

Today, most developers are selling stilt car parking separately but it is illegal as held by the Supreme Court. Common areas cannot be sold by the Builder/Promoter but the Co-operative Society can regulate such spaces to allow parking to the members of the society. The Supreme Court in Nahalchand Laloochand Private Limited v. Panchali Cooperative Housing […]

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Forming Apartment Association under Apartment Ownership Act West Bengal

An apartment or a flat is a self contained housing unit that forms part of a building. Under West Bengal Apartment Ownership Act, 1972, (the Act) Section 3(a), an apartment means a property that has direct exit to a road or to a common area leading to such road and the apartment along with common […]

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How to Transfer Land, House or Apartment in West Bengal Co-Operative Housing Society and Take Action if Society Denies Transfer

Steps to Transfer To transfer house, land or apartment in Co operative society in West Bengal you need permission of the Society as provided under Rule 131 (3) of the WBCS Rules 2011 r/w Section 92 of the WBCS Act 2006. However, if the Society is asking for donation amount more than 0.5% (prescribed under […]

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Transgender Rights in India: The Road Ahead

On 15th April 2014, the landmark judgment in National Legal Services Authority v Union of India and Others (Writ Petition No. 400 of 2012 with Writ Petition No. 604 of 2013) was passed. The court was constituted of two judges and the leading judgment was given by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan, whose judgment was endorsed by […]

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Live-In Relationships and Protection from Domestic Violence for Women in India

Background of Domestic Violence Act and Live-In Relationship in India The D.V. Act has been enacted to provide a remedy in Civil Law for protection of women from being victims of domestic violence and to prevent occurrence of domestic violence in the society. The DV Act has been enacted to provide an effective protection of […]