Women and children cannot be called to a Police station to record their statement

Attached please find an important piece of information which was published in the ‘The Times of India’ dated 14th August 2012.

Under Section 160 of Criminal Procedure Code, a person under the age of 15 years or a woman cannot be called to a Police station to record their statement.  The police will have to go to their residence for the same.

This piece of information is being forwarded to you for general awareness.

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Basics of Consumer Protection Act, 1986

The basic features of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986

-Puneet Chaturvedi, Advocate

The Constitution of India, which is divided into different parts, has two very important parts . Part III Fundamental Rights and Part IV Directive Principles of State Policy. These two parts denote two important features of our constitution. The former denotes the existing and enforceable legal rights and the latter denotes the targeted social and economic goals which our founding fathers desired, our successive  governments to achieve.

That in pursuance of achieving one such goal, Consumer Protection Act came into force in the year 1986. That as per the preamble of the Act it was brought to provide for the better protection of the interests of consumers and for settlement of consumers’ disputes. Although there were remedies in other laws like Contract Act, Sales of Goods Act, Torts, IPC and procedure prescribed in C.P.C. and Cr.P.C., the purpose o f enactment of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 was to provide specialized redressal to the consumer grievances.

That the Act provides for the Central Consumer Protection Council, State Consumer Protection Council and three tiers of the Consumer Redressal Authorities i.e. District Consumer Forum, State Consumer Commission and the National Consumer Commission. The Councils were assigned with the job to promote and protect interest of the consumers at the Central and State levels and the redressal authorities  were established to provide speedy and simple remedy to consumer disputes through a quasi-judicial machinery.Read More »

Stamp Duty in Maharashtra


The Bombay Stamp Act applies to the entire State of Maharashtra. Only the instruments specified in the Schedule I to the Act are covered by this Act. All other instruments are either chargeable under the Indian Stamp Act (e.g., transfer of shares) or are not chargeable at all (i.e., if they are not specified under the Act as well as under the Indian Stamp Act).


2.1 It is very important to note that stamp duty is on an instrument and not on a transaction.

2.2 S. 3 of the Act levies stamp duty at the rate provided in Schedule I on any instrument executed in the State. Even instruments executed outside the state are liable to duty only on their receipt in the state, provided it relates to a property situated in the state or a matter or thing to be done in the state.

2.3 An instrument covering or relating to several distinct matters is chargeable with the aggregate amount of duty with which each separate instrument would have been chargeable.

2.4 In case an instrument is so drafted that it is covered within the ambit of more than one Article under Schedule I, then it shall be taxed by that Article which levies the highest amount of stamp duty.

2.5 The term “Instrument” has been defined to include every document by which any right or liability is or purports to be created, transferred, limited, extended, extinguished or recorded.

However, it does not include a bill of exchange, cheque, promissory note, bill of lading, letter of credit, policy of insurance, transfer of share, debenture, proxy and receipt.”

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Redevelopment rules, Mumbai

An increase in Floor Space Index (FSI) and the ratio of permissible built up are to plot area and the ever increasing property prices are making developers approach residents asking for permission to demolish their old structure and put up a new building with more apartments for a big house and more money

There are some facts you definitely need to check before you put your society for Redevelopment with a developer

 Documents Required by the society : 

– Conveyance deed
– Society Registration Certificate
– General Body Resolution to go for redevelopment
– List of member with their respective carpet areas
– C.T.S. plan & property card for the plot.
– D.P. remarks, If the property is under TPS scheme then T.P. remarks
– Copy of municipal approval plans

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Common Co-operative Society Problems

Click Here for list of common co-operative society problems and solutions including :

  • How to register your society in Mumbai
  • Contact Details of State Co-operative departments in Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Co-operative Society Act, 1960 and Rules
  • FAQs
  • Transfers
  • etc. etc.

by J.B.Patel (Jeby)

Housing Society Activist!



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