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Your money: File joint complaint to fast-track your consumer case

SC ruling allowing consumers to jointly file case in national consumer forum will also mean lower legal costs

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Tinesh Bhasin 



A recent ruling of the Supreme Court will provide needed relief to people will a common grievance, say, against builders delaying the delivery of flats. The apex court has ruled such flat buyers can get together and approach the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) directly. Consumer activists say the ruling will have a far-reaching impact, beyond the real estate sector.

According to the Consumer Protection Act, the amount in a dispute decides the court a consumer may approach. If it is up to Rs 20 lakh, a consumer has to file in the district forum. If the amount involved is Rs 20 lakh-1 crore, the state forum. Only for amounts above Rs 1 crore may a consumer directly approach the NCDRC.

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First Published: Mon, March 06 2017. 23:55 IST

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