<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When a home buyer approached Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority seeking compensation for the delayed possession of his home, the developer cited pressure from local goon as a reason for delay. However, the authority said its only concern was whether there was delay or not in handing over possession and as there was a delay it ordered the developer to pay interest to the home buyer and also cost to the complainant towards the case.The complainant Pradnya Sable had bought a flat in the developer Kambar Construction’s Ambivali project. Sable complained that she paid nearly 95 per cent of the amount for the flat and she was supposed to get possession before December 2015 and hasn’t got it yet. She sought refund of the money along with interest. The developer agreed to the delay but blamed a local goon. The developer contended that a local goon namely Santosh Gondhale demanded ransom when they started construction. He also compelled them to purchase the building materials and hire trucks, water tankers through him at exorbitant cost.He also started to demand his share in the constructed buildings. The developer claimed that the local gangster shot dead a fellow developer, when he didn’t succumb to his illegal demands. The developer further alleged that therefore, he was under tremendous pressure and had to stop construction work for some time. They did not get any help from police and public authorities, though the offence came to be registered under Maharashtra Control of Organized Control Act against the goon Santosh Gondhale.He was not arrested by police as Gondhale had patronage of Political Leaders. Finally, he was arrested in August 2016 and the developer could start the construction work within next 60 days. They contend that the project would be completed at the end of 2018.The authority held the view that whether the complainant is entitled to get back her money with interest or compensation for the developer’s failure to deliver the possession of the flat on the agreed date, which is the only point for their consideration and answer was in affirmative. Hence, the authority ordered the developer to refund the amount of nearly Rs 7.9 lakh along with interest of 10.15 per cent to the home buyer and allowed the homebuyer to cancel the agreement. Also, the authority asked the developer to pay the homebuyer Rs 20,000 as cost towards the Complaint. The homebuyers had also sought compensation for mental pain, but the authority held that the builder also had to suffer at the hands of a local goon and didn’t award it.