City-based Builder Lodha and three others were on Tuesday booked by the police for violating the provisions of the Maharashtra Ownership of Flats Act (MOFA), 1963.
An FIR was registered by the Vanrai police against Lodha, Deshbandu Gupta, Khushiram Gupta and Nilesh Gupta on the complaint of one Pravin Aggarwal.
The complainant, the secretary of Hub Mall in Goregaon East, alleged that in 2005, he bought commercial units in Hub Mall and Lodha, who was the developer of the mall, did not form a society even after six months of selling the commercial units.
It was only after the court’s intervention, claimed Aggarwal, that the society was formed.
A senior police officer said after registration of the FIR, the police was checking if any change was made into the building plans.
“We are investigating if there were changes before the plan was brought before the BMC and if commercial units were handed over to buyers within stipulated time,” said the official.
The police have booked Lodha and others under various provisions of the MOFA.
The state police had earlier this month directed police stations across the state to register complaints against builders who cheat flat buyers and violate building norms.
According to the circular, complaints can be filed against builders who fail to hand over possession on time to buyers.
Offences can be registered against developers who deliver apartments without procuring the mandatory building-occupation certificate.