Decided on April 30,2008

Manharlal C. Shah Respondents


- (1.) JUDICIAL Member (Oral) -This appeal is directed against the order dated 12.8.2005 passed by District Consumer Forum, South Mumbai in Consumer Complaint No. 27/04. The appeal is also seeking to challenge issuance of recovery certificate dated 7.10.06 against the appellant in execution proceedings.
(2.) THERE is delay of 2 years 4 months and 9 days in filing the appeal. Therefore, appellant has filed an application for condonation of delay. Delay is not deliberate or intentional. As there is legal point is involved in the matter, we deem it fit to condone the delay.
(3.) FACTS to the extent material may be stated as under: In all 16 complaints came to be filed in District Forum, South Mumbai against M/s. Roofit Industries Ltd. and in some of the complaints besides Chairman, Shri Suresh G. Motwani and Director, Shri Vinod G. Motwani were also added as co -respondents. In one of the two complaints Shri Kishore G. Motwani and Nitish Nigam and Co. were also made opposite parties. All these 16 complaints were decided by common order passed by District Consumer Forum, South Mumbai on 12.8.2005. By the said order opposite parties were directed to refund certain amounts of the complainants within time specified in the operative order. The Company and its Directors did not bother to pay the said amount to all the depositors and, therefore, a recovery proceeding was initiated by filing Execution No. 14/06. In the said recovery application copy of which is at page 73 (Exh. -C), opposite parties were shown as (1) M/s. Roofit Industries Ltd., (2) Mrs. Suresh G. Motani, (3) M/s. J.M. Morgan Stanley, (4) Mr. Kilge. So, these four were the opposite parties/judgment debtors against whom recovery proceeding was filed and Section 25 application was thus moved against them. Vide Exh. D President of District Forum, South Mumbai passed order issuing process under Section 27 of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 and that process was issued against M/s. Roofit Industries, Mr. Suresh G. Motwani, J.M. Morgan Stanley Retail Ser. Ltd. Vide Exh. E at page 100, certificate of recovery under Section 25(3) of Consumer Protection Act,1986 was issued by President -South Mumbai Forum on 7.10.1996 and by that certificate Collector, Mumbai was directed to attach the property of opposite party Nos. 1 to 4 but in the schedule of properties to be attached at page 103 name of appellants for the first time was mentioned and he was alleged to be Company Director of M/s. Roofit Industries Ltd. and his residential address B -9, Endeavour CHS, 90 Feet Road, Mulund (E), Mumbai -81 was shown as property liable to be attached along with Television, Refrigerators, DVD, Computers, Telephones, Fax machines, Xerox machines, Mobiles, etc. It is this order which for the first time came to be passed by the Forum below involving property of appellant herein. Against this issuance of certificate under Section 25(3) of Consumer Protection Act, 1986, this appeal has been filed by the appellant herein. We heard extensively Adv. V. Mannadiar for the appellant and Advocate U.B. Wavikar for the respondent.;

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