The Supreme Court has served contempt notices to the UP government and Noida Authority (NA) for charging stamp duty on the basis of present market rates while executing tripartite deeds with the members of housing societies, in violation of its orders.
A bench comprising Justices HS Bedi and CK Prasad sought the authorities' responses after several contempt petitions filed by various housing societies, alleging that the NA and state government were charging stamp duty on the basis of the new circle rate of Rs25,000 square meter. The petitioners also alleged that they were also being charged an additional Rs2 lakh as parking fee.
"This inflated demand amounts to the violation of the apex court's order. Due to this, housing societies members have been unable to execute the sub-lease deeds according to the court's directions," the petitioners added. The Supreme Court had on September 10 last year directed members of the housing societies to execute tripartite deeds between the authority, societies and the allottees according to which charges were to be levied on the basis of the actual construction cost.
The UP government and the Noida Authority have to file their responses in eight weeks.