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Is your money safe with builders indulging in criminal disreputation management

Is Your Money Safe with Builders Indulging In Criminal
Disreputation Management

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Dear All,

We are standing at the very edge of the precipice of our existential presence, and are staring into
an abyss. We have been sent over 18 legal notices, (see here), by one of the most prominent
lawyers of the Supreme Court of India, specializing in Cyberlaw, threatening to wipe out our
existence in cyberspace.

The illegal legal notices to website hosts are to take down well-researched articles and
complete sites like,
and which have hundreds of articles not even related to their client
Raheja Developers Ltd, and its Managing Director Navin Raheja. Mr Raheja also happens to
be the Chairman of NAREDCO, National Real Estate Development Council, Under the Aegis of
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.

Raheja Developers have also filed a case against us in the Delhi High Court, setting the
stage for a landmark case in cyberlaw involving the practice of reputation management &
its criminal counterpart disreputation management.

As a real estate analysis, brokerage, and consulting firm which helped many buyers buy into the
Raheja Atlantis & Raheja Atharva projects, we have written about events & issues that concern,
and should concern, the buyers and investors in all projects by Rahejas. Not only is their
response DISPROPORTIONATE to our well researched & analyzed articles & reports, it has
been ILLEGALLY SENT by misrepresentations of their true self. This white-washing of the web
For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the
truth. Bo Bennett
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by hitting out at WHERE the content is being hosted, rather than addressing the WHAT of the
content, is part of an emerging trend among builders and is called disreputation management.
In a rapidly deteriorating real estate market for builders, many builders are crossing the line from
legal reputation management to illegal & criminal disreputation management, and this is the
developing story of one such builder.

With their most recent barrage of 18 legal notices to hosts like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter,
Scribd, Evernote, Rebelmouse, and Yourepeat they have DRAWN FIRST BLOOD and have
been able to remove our articles like Raheja of NAREDCO The Man Who Would Be
Be-King an article on a major fire in Raheja Atlantis, and articles related to LPG gas pipeline
blast in Raheja Atlantis that injured a maid and took over 3 months to
3f8bbf60c509/72e8b737031c99ffe4733f351496d4b0 Without even asking for our consent, our
hosts and intermediaries like and removed our content as they
were not able to discern the misuse of the Indian Information Technology Acts by the builder.

This despite the fact that the article Raheja of NAREDCO The Man Who Would Be King
(FAOA) AND EXCERPTED on their official website at
raheja-is-he-the-face-of-real-estate-in-india/. (archived at FAOA is an
umbrella body of over 40 Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), including that of Raheja
Atlantis. (You can still read the Raheja Of NAREDCO report on Scribd that has been uploaded
by another user God bless them
And the articles on the Fire in Raheja Atlantis and the LPG gas pipeline blast were from major
newspapers, and the photos of that we had added to the report were genuine.

He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not
become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also
gazes into you. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Rahejas, mostly through their VP- Customer Service, have also been reprimanding their own
buyers & customers for posting online anything unfavourable about the builder leaving many
with a taste of veiled threat. It does have a chilling effect on the buyers who have already paid
tens of lakhs to Rahejas, and are suseptible to this soft blackmailing. For the newer buyers
Rahejas have even formalized this GAG clause into the Agreement to Sell itself, saying
without any finesse, and probably illegally (Raheja Revanta Builder-Buyers
Agreement) that:

The Purchaser agrees, accepts and undertakes not to make or publish either by words
spoken or intended to be read or by signs or visible representations via internet or any
form of media any imputation/defamatory material concerning the
Seller/Management/Projects, which harms the reputation and credibility of the
Seller/project/Owners Association. Rahejas then tries to justify the transgression in
right to free speech (which the United States has now explicitly stated is not illegal
for the same reasons in terms of profits as The
Purchaser understands and acknowledges that beyond and apart from him there are
other Purchasers who have invested their hard earned money in this project and any
defamation of this complex/project by web posting or creating Google groups/e-groups
can undermine valuations or reputation of their investment in the project. The price of
speaking up against Navin Raheja is very very heavy for his newer buyers. As the
Rahejas Buyers Agreement states, Upon commission of any such act by the
Purchaser the Seller (i.e Rahejas) shall without prejudice to any other remedies and
rights available including termination, cancellation of agreement or allotment, claim
liquidated damages which the Seller might have suffered due to such irresponsible acts of
SELF DEFAMATION breach committed by the Purchaser.

Further, in the e-groups (like Google or Yahoo groups) created by buyers of Raheja properties, a
line has been helpfully added to the effect Any email or information shared over this group
should not be used for any quote/unquote or legal solicitations/reference, while in the online
videos that Raheja Developers posts about its progress of various projects they have added a
disclaimer contents of this video shall not be downloaded as Company has sole proprietry
rights of the same, and the information made here is only for viewing and not for legal
evidence. So all the Construction Updates posted by Rahejas at their Youtube channel
In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate. Isaac Asimov

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here could all be
pretty lies, but you cant take that to court!! Maybe Rahejas are petrified, and rightly so, that
all these can be used as legal evidence to nail them, and hence have added a GAG clause to
protect themselves. All these firewalls might eventually not stand muster in a court of law, but
that has not stopped Rahejas from using a sledgehammer to crack small nuts like us, or their own

Not satisfied with GAGGING their buyers who have entered into an Agreement with them,
Rahejas are now trying to GAG people like us who are not bound by any agreement to them.
Should we not be able to alert people about the possible risks to their investments the largest
investment most people will make in their life? It is very frustrating when you can see injustice
and unfairness all around you, and there is very little you can do. All we can do is write about it,
and sometimes laugh about it.

When we wrote about Badmash builders we
were laughing at the irony of a 30 minutes show on Zee Business where Mr Raheja (as Chairman
of NAREDCO) was pontificating about what to do about other builders who were deceiving
customers. We pointed out out that he himself was accused of all the same charges to which he
was displaying a holier-than-thou attitude. In another
video we had taken a clip of a song from the
movie Jolly LLB, where Bappi Lahiri is singing about how builders have cheated people and
were Maha Chors and we wondered if Bappi Lahiri had Navin Raheja in mind. In another we
were poking fun at Navin Raheja trying to describe his planned high-rise at Kathputli Colony as
being three times higher than the historic Qutub Minar, and in his pompousness had named it
Navin Minar after his first name Navin
Humour is the weapon of unarmed people: it helps people who are
oppressed to smile at the situation that pains them. Simon Wiesenthal

Discovering witnesses is just as important as catching criminals. Simon

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768281/10151331292858282/?type=1 Are all these attempts at humour so offending that they
have to be served a Legal Notice from a Supreme Court Advocate, and have to be removed
from cyberspace itself. Is there no outlet for people like us, no place for people who have been
shafted by Raheja, to express ourselves through humour, wit, or satire?

And the attempt to throttle unpleasant news by Raheja Developers stops not at us, but was also
directed to an international magazine like Time asking them to remove the story
at The story,
which was targeted in one of the 18 legal notices by Advocate Pavan Duggal, was not been
written by us, but by Nilanjana Bhowmick of Time Magazine. Look at the cheek of Mr Navin
Raheja and Raheja Developers they are telling Time Magazine, an international magazine
founded in 1923, to remove an article writtten by
one of its writers because it does not fit the Rahejas script!! The legal notice to Time Magazine is
here and says in Point 10, The negative content
authored by you the ADDRESSEES is so vicious and damaging and then Point 9 in the
legal notice helpfully explains addressees to mean both Dr. Sanjay Sharma and Time magazine
as that the comment of addressee no 2 on the story has been published in the public domain on
the website being, the addressee no 1. Arrogance, thy name is Navin, and no wonder
the tower that is planned to be 3 times taller than the Qutub Minar (completed in 1368 AD by
Firoz Shah Tughlak) is going to be called Navin Minar. And the attack at Time magazine
doesnt stop at that. Rahejas have asked for the removal of a link to a petition in our comment
on pointing to
2800-flats-in-time-of-two-years where there are currently over 130 signatories, humbly asking
for Raheja to first deliver his long delayed (some launched over 7 years ago) and only then take
on new projects like the Kathputli Colony Slum redevelopement one.

In DEFIANCE & OPEN CHALLENGE To Mr Navin Raheja & Raheja Developers, and builders
like him who are practicing the criminal disreputation management, we have uploaded all legal
notices & deleted pages here By using
overwhelming force, and in focusing on WHERE the content is and WHO is hosting it,
rather than WHAT the content is and WHO is creating it, Navin Raheja & Raheja
Developers have crossed from the legal field of reputation management into the criminal
& illegal disreputation management.

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Cyberlaw Expert & Advocate of Supreme Court Pavan Duggals 18 legal notices to us have
something very peculiar they do not address WHAT our content is, but it hits out at
WHERE it is being hosted. They are ATTACKING THE MESSENGER, NOT
The white hat reputation management addresses the WHAT of the content, and
WHO is creating it. It tries to solve the issues, and put certain greviances into
perspectives, trying to ensure that individual incidents should not unfairly look like
persistent and pervasive patterns. Reputation is a widespread belief that someone or
something has a particular habit or characteristic, and reputation managementis the
practice of monitoring the reputation of an individual or brand, addressing contents which
are damaging to it, and using customer feedback solutions to get feedback or early
warning signals to reputation
problems. It adresses the WHAT of
the content.

Figure 1
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad
people will find a way around the laws. Plato

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Disreputation on the other hand is the Loss or want of reputation or good name;
dishonor; disrepute; disesteem. Disreputation management, instead of dealing with the
WHAT of the content, deals with WHERE content is placed. The disreputation managers
cross over to the criminal side to use various methods to intimidate or trick the
intermediary, or the host, to remove the content. As the intermediary (or webhost)
generally does not have much invested in the content it is easier to force them to remove
the content. Sometimes you can also use money-power and your power-connections to
scare minor content creators into removing the content themselves, without much
discussion about the WHAT of the content. All negative news is being systematically
removed, thus making it almost impossible for a consumer to make an informed
choice. This way of whitewashing the web is ILLEGAL, IMMORAL, AND
FREQUENTLY CRIMINAL. But, for the person or company falling inexorably into
disrepute this is the easy, and occasionally the only, way out.

It has become a standard practice by practitioners of disreputation management to draft a
threatening letter, and then start mailing it to all and sundry on the web who you think are
writing something that is not to your liking. For example Rahejas sent us a letter on Dec 23,
2013 asking us to take down some videos. It had an
attachment of a scanned notice that had been
signed on 27th of November 2013 almost a month earlier. So, ostensibly, they once prepared a
threat & take-down letter on 27th Nov, 2013 and then had a team of Shakespearean monkeys sit
on a keyboard looking for various websites that carried content not to Rahejas liking. As soon as
they found something offending to their sensibilities, they would send the notice from an
ominous Senders address IT Enforcement, and attach this letter. It seems that they found our
content after almost a month of surfing the web, and then sent the SAME STANDARD STALE
LETTER to us. We are sure that many recipients of these letters must have collapsed to the
threats of IT Enforcement, but not us. We sent them a gentle reply on Dec 24, 2013 requesting them to make a detailed rebuttal
of any falsehoods that you allege are in our postings.

We then heard nothing for months till the artillery fire on April 18, 2014 where in a period of 2
minutes (8:11PM to 8:12PM on Friday night) we received 18 legal notices from Mr Pavan
As a child I was a great liar. Fortunately my mother liked my lies. I
promised her marvelous things. Gunter Grass

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Duggal representing the Rahejas. They had all the same charges rehashed again, but this time
threatening our intermediaries (our webhosts) as the first party. They were able to knock down
the Raheja of NAREDCO The Man Who Would Be King article from and
also some reports on the Fire in Raheja Atlantis, and LPG line blast in Raheja Atlantis, from We have sent a strong reply to their legal notice of April 18,
2014. With your support we will force them to
face the WHAT of the content instead of sniping at the WHERE of the content. In the meantime
Rahejas are proceeding with a High Court Case against us, as you can see in Serial Number 7322

Figure 2

Evil brings men together. Aristotle

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OTHER BUILDERS ARE ALSO DOING this sort of disreputation management, and we are
sure that many more builders will learn to do the same from the Chairman of NAREDCO, Mr
Navin Raheja. If the leader does it, with great amount of success, why should the other builders
hesitate from doing it? And if the criminal actions seem to be implicitly blessed by the Govt of
India (as NAREDCO is under the Aegis of the Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty
Alleviation), there is no reason why this practice of disreputation management would not
spread like wildfire.

On May 8, 2014 we received a notice from Youtube that someone called The Curtain
Raiser had claimed copyright over our video, and hence it had been
DELETED. The Curtain Raiser could
claim defamation, or illegal content, or object to the content in some way but,
copyright? Our content was removed without even asking us by false claim of
copyright. This is video of Sanjay Sharma (Yours truly) live (on Sept 13, 2012) on Zee
Business Money Guru Show, on
which I regularly appear to answer questions related to property matters. In this particular
segment I talked about the illegality of the project Cambrian Forest launched by SKM
(Sumeet Kumar Malhotra) Refcon Group I am on the show
answering questions, the show is created by Zee Business, and there are hundreds of
segments of our Zee Business show that are on our Youtube
channel Instead of addressing the content, someone
falsely claims copyright on ONE uploaded clip, and gets it removed. A classic case of
attacking WHERE by lies, rather than addressing the WHAT of the content. SKM
had launched the Cambrian Forest project with fanfare, collected tens of crore rupees
from people, then used this money to game the system and now continue to collect more.
Now AS THEIR FRAUD IS BEING EXPOSED, and they have removed from their
website the very mention of the project Cambrian
Forest (archived at, are
now resorting to disreputation management and trying to wipe out from the web all
traces of their misdeeds. You can see how this fraud was perpetuated and developed
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher
esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. Friedrich

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In another case of a barrage of false FIRs (First Information Reports) have been filed
against duped Faridabad investors by Triveni
faridabad-investors/article6000465.ece Even though the buyers are predominantly
residents of Faridabad, the FIRs have been filed in Agra from where the directors of
Triveni hail. And coincidentally the buyers against whom FIRs have been filed happen to
be office bearers of Triveni Faridabad Allottees Association (TFAA), which is locked
in a battle with Triveni. After taking hundreds of crores from the
buyers, Triveni instead of giving them homes or refunding their money, is filing false
FIRs against them.

The disreputed builders will stop at nothing, and will use the police, bureaucracy, courts, and
media to their advantage. It is also important to note that Rahejas did not even have the Locus
Standi to approach the intermediaries & webhosts with their legal notices, as they are neither in
possession of actual knowledge and nor do they represent any govt agency, and we raised the
issue in the reply to their legal notice of April 18, 2014, served by Supreme Court Advocate &
Cyberlaw expert Pavan Duggal. They have
misrepesented themselves, and illegally asked the intermediaries to remove the content.

The tragedy is that disreputation management can be resorted to by only people and entities
that once had repute, and now with the loss of that are falling into disrepute; you cant have
disreputation if you once did not have reputation. So, Rahejas are now walking into the minefield
When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an
explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.
Emile Zola

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. Simone

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of criminality because they once had repute, and they no longer have it. Whether the repute was
merited or not, it was there and now it is falling away. As recently as Jan 2013 Navin Raheja
flaunted his success at his sons wedding, as Caravan
reported. When I met Raheja last
summer at his bungalow in Sainik Farman affluent unauthorised residential colony in South
Delhi he said there were 38 cabinet and chief-minister level guests at the reception, including
the Congress minister Ambika Soni, and Tejinder Khanna, then the lieutenant governor of Delhi
(whom Raheja counted as chief-minister rank). The list of guests was helpfully published in
the builders official newsletter Raheja Impressions. It included almost all of who is who of
India graced the occasion. Personalities included Ambika Soni, Sushil Kumar Shinde,
Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Lt Gov Tejinder Khanna, Kumari Shelja, Harish Rawat, Salman
Khurshid, Subodh Kant Sahay, Saifuddin Soz, Shahnawaz Hussain, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Rajiv
Pratap Rudi, Vinod Sharma (?), Mufti Mohammed Sayyed, Amar Singh, Ram Jethmalani
many of whom can be seen in the video dream weddings that was broadcast on

Figure 3

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Incidentally, Ambika Soni, who contested the Lok Sabha 2014 elections from Anandpur
Sahib in Punjab, was given an advance of Rs 2.5 crore by Raheja Developers. Rahejas
spokesperson Dimple Bhardwaj said, Yes, we have given refundable security of Rs 2.5
crore for development of project on their land in
You can find a full copy of the builders newsletter Raheja
Impressions here, which by the way,
after grand publishing of the news of this marriage in Feb 2013, has not had any other
issue come out in the last 15 months as you can see on the Raheja
website. (archived
at It is as if nothing notable has happened in the company in
the last 15 months that would warrant the publication of a newsletter! It may very well be
true that nothing notable has happened since Feb 2013, and THAT IS EXACTLY what is
gravely concerning the buyers and may give an insight as to why projects launched
over 7 years ago are still far far away from completion.

As REPUTATION FALLS & DISREPUTATION BEGINS the true character of the company
and its Managing Director is starting to show. Tough times test the character of people. We as
real estate consultants faced tough times, and still have managed to keep our faith and our
reputation. But, it looks like that the tough times are revealing that Rahejas are made of glass not
steel. As the old Russian proverb says, the blow of a hammer shatters glass, but strengthens
steel. There is no doubt that real estate is passing through tough times, and there is a lot of pain
around, but that does not mean you turn to crime to support your lifestyle.

And for Sumeet Kumar Malhotra and his SKM Refcon Private Limited, they once had reputation
(even if false and manufactured) by which they were able to collect over tens of crores of
rupees, and now as that reputation has gone the criminal disreputation management
has begun. You can see our response to Youtube and our request to restore the video
infringement/ In Oct 2013 over 100 investors had marched to Sumeet Kumar Malhotras house
only to find him absconding
at-builders-house-find-him-nowhere/articleshow/24793793.cms, and in May 2014 the fraudsters
are white-washing out all evidence of their crime from the collective memory of the web. After
having collected hundreds of crores, Triveni Infrastructure instead of delivering on its promises
is trying to crush & destroy the buyers under a barrage of false FIRs. They are trying to wipe out
the voices of the past buyers from the collective memory of society itself.

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The past is our definition. we may strive, with good reason, to escape it,
or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding
something better to it. Wendell Berry

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In miscarriage of natural justice and fairness, even as the builder is proving to be tardy, failing to
perform, reneging on promises, the DDA and the current Govt seem to be hell bent on rewarding
the Rahejas. WHILE WE ARE BECOMING EXTINCT, Raheja Developers are ready to be
rewarded by the Delhi Developement Authority (DDA) and the Govt with the lucrative
Kathputli Colony in-situ slum rehabilitation project. Why is the DDA willing to be complicit
in getting the slum residents to relocate to the transit camp for 2 years, when there is not a shred
of evidence to support the contention that Raheja Developers can deliver 2800+ apartments in 2
years for the slum dwellers? Why is govt rewarding him with Kathputli Colony project even
after the last 5 years, since the contract was signed, have proved his inability to
deliver much smaller projects even 7 years after launch.

Instead of being held accountable and made to deliver on past promises, Navin Raheja &
Raheja Developers are being allowed to make new and newer promises Why? Mr Raheja
is frittering away time on deliberations of over 900 acres of land that he may develop in the
future, (as the legal notices from Advocate Pavan Duggal
state even as the buyers in the current projects
have to wait for months for an audience with him; and many still return disappointed. Should
there not be a freeze on him launching new projects in the near future like the Bawal Residential
Project, Commercial in Bawal, Raheja City Arcade, Raheja Business Floors, Raheja Bajghera,
Residential Sec 99A, and Raheja Industrial Township . till he completes projects launched
since 2007 that are still disturbingly incomplete including Raheja Vedaanta, Raheja Atharva,
Raheja Navodaya, Raheja Shilas, Raheja Sampada, Raheja Vedas, Raheja Vedaanta Floors etc
despite the builder having collected over 90% of the payment a long time ago.

Before Mr Raheja starts collecting money from buyers in his new projects, should he not be
persuaded to complete and handover his earlier projects. Should he not be prevented from
possible and tempting Ponzi behaviour where he is collecting money from new buyers to finish
his committments to his older buyers, and then looking for more new buyers, and on and on.
Common sense and history tell you that rewarding illegal behavior will
only encourage more of it. Ric Keller

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Instead of being allowed to sell new promises, Rahejas should be asked hard questions about its
current and past performance. QUESTIONS about the delay in his current projects, and
questions about violations of laws, acts, and criminal & unethical actions.We need to now
SQUARELY bring the focus back on the WHAT of the CONTENT that he is trying
to destroy. People who are entrusted with large amounts of other peoples money have to be
held to a higher standard, and Mr Raheja should be interrogated about the issues we have raised
before being rewarded.

We should ask him if he has not violated his commitments, and also many Laws and
Acts, including the LC IV A of Haryana Apartment Ownership Act as described in the
article Raheja of NAREDCO The Man Who Would be
Has he not sold parkings seperately and charged for them despite a Supreme Court of
India order to the contrary in Nahalchand Lallochand case.
Has he not indulged in illegal Community Investment
Schemes like the one based on buyback of
plots in Sohna.
Has all this illegal and unethical behaviours not put at risk the investments of his buyers.
And have his large and unproductive investments in large projects like the thousands of
acres purchased for for SEZs which went belly up, or the hundreds of crores needed for
the Kathputli Colony project, not been
siphoned from the installments of current buyers that were paid towards the completion
of their respective projects not to fund his own schemes.
A person who has attained a high status by virtue of raising large amounts of a very
large number of people has added responsibility of convincing the public that their
money is safe.

This is probably the worst time for Raheja to be diverting his attention to the complex project of
slum redevelopment in Kathputli Colony, and it would be better to force him to first deliver on
his promises to his current buyers, and only then start work on new projects. The Ship of Rahejas
has hit its Titanic Iceberg in part due to a confluence of bad decisions, bad luck, bad
performance, bad environment, bad ethics, bad products, and bad hearing A detailed report
explaining why Rahejas are in deep trouble is available at, and shows that before they are allowed to
launch new projects and raise more money from the markets and buyers, they must first be made
accountable to all the money that they have already taken. There are a lot of serious and
important questions that need to be asked of the Chairman of NAREDCO, as regards to his
personal business. As the KING of builders in on the BACKFOOT today, SO ARE many
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OTHER builders, and the actions we take against Raheja Developers will have wide
ramifications for the real estate market.

The time to demand Transparency, Accountability, and Concentrated Responsibility has come,
and transgressions must be punished instead of being rewarded. This is an idea whose time has

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an
idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

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We are not rich, and we are not as powerful as the Rahejas. And, it is not really our face-off with
Rahejas, or disreputed builders like them. It is the face-off of the builders with their Karma, and
the forces of nature.

As the forces of Creative Destruction play out in the real estate market, it is but natural that some
builders will fall into disrepute as their methods of doing business are rejected, and they feel the
contractions in the marketplace. Creative destruction describes the process of industrial
mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly
destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.

EVEN DLF, Indias LARGEST REAL ESTATE Company, FELL as it was penalized Rs
630 crore by the Competition Commission of India for delaying its Belaire & Park Place
projects, for unilaterally imposing onerous conditions on its buyers, and making
substantial changes to the residential projects without the consent of the
17/news/29896550_1_belaire-dlf-shares-cci DLF is fighting out its case in appeal at
Another builder, Supertech, which claims to have over 50,000 apartments under-
construction, is appealing in Supreme Court the Allahabad High Court order for
demolishing 2 of its buildings, in large part because they did not take consent of the
earlier buyers of Emerald Court before adding these 40 storey towers to their project, and
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know
that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.
G.K. Chesterton

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for violating the Uttar Pradesh Apartment Act of

Such victories are an indication that courts are now being supportive of buyers, even against
builders whose might was at one time unquestioned.

The time has come to take a stand for self respecting buyers & investors against the bad practices
of the builders. Badmash builders, who are the bad apples of the real estate market must be
systematically singled out and made to face the music. Some of the bad practices are shown in
this video of Mr Navin Raheja on Zee Business In this confrontation begetted by the
yawning difference between the builders promises and their performance, there will be
casualties. Some companies will correct their ways and emerge stronger, while the other will
stumble, keep ignoring the lessons of history, to become history themselves.

If the builder was to become history, it does not necessarily mean that the buyers will lose out. If
a company like Rahejas were to fall, and in the wildest thoughts Mr Navin Raheja were to exit
the company, the Limited company (Raheja Developers Ltd) will still survive. And the builders
currently incomplete buildings will not collapse, but may be completed faster. Some people
start believing that they are indispensable, but no one is; history is witness to it.

We need to have professional 3rd party observers to ensure that the builders are on track, and
that in the long journey of 3 to 10 years (which it seems is taking some builders now to complete
their projects) they dont go off-track. We need to support pressure groups that are effective
in standing up to the builders and holding them to their responsibilities and promises. We
need to support the builders, but then also reprimand them when the need arises. We need to trust
builders, but we also need to verify. For the builders can cheat only those who trust them; those
who dont trust will not provide an opportunity to the builder to cheat.

We have tried to play our role as a real estate broker & consultant ethically, and there are many
more like us. You can look at our (QuBrex) track record available in newpaper & magazine
articles, in our numerous TV appearances, and many blog posts to see that we have called the
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves
up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.. Winston Churchill

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situation in the real estate world as is. We are a well renowned real estate consulting & analyst
firm (, have appeared in articles in Times of India, Business Standard,
Forbes India, Money Today, Economic Times, Outlook Business, Indian Express, Caravan
Magazine, Construction World, FridayGurgaon etc and
have been appearing on a weekly/monthly basis regularly for the last 4 years on Zee Business
Money Guru Show on property matters. I have also co-anchored a weekly program on Sahara
Samay Property Watch for over one and an half years, and have appeared on CNBC Awaaz,
NDTV Profit, CNN IBN, etc. We also submitted an invited
report on behalf of the RWA in the landmark DLF Vs CCI case in which DLF was penalized Rs
630 Crore.
Completed-Projects My brief profile is given here

So it hurts when a serial -defaulting builder like Raheja Developers is able to suffocate us into
silence. There is not a single quote, single byte, or single status update over the last 9 years that
we are ashamed of. Many people may not have believed at that time what we were saying, but
time has by and large proved us right. If we came after builders when they were wrong
(especially in our older avatar of from 2005 to 2010, a position
since yielded to, it was to help weed out the few bad
apples from the real estate basket. And our attacks were, and still remain, issue based. And there
are many individuals and groups like us, that are interested that there is fairness in the real estate
industry. Currently all these efforts are fragmented, and most initiatives are for a specific builder
or issue. There is a need to bring all these initiatives together, and allow for knowledge creation
and easy exchange. The technological tools are there, and so is a receptive culture and social
setting. It is imperative that the real estate buyers & investors now come together to somehow
address the bad practices on the real estate sector. And it is a LIFE & DEATH MATTER.

If disreputed builders try to impede this nascent process of knowledge creation and
sharing, or if the disreputed builders try to erase the past deeds & misdeeds from the
collective memory, it should not be dismissed as a pardonable nuisance but it should be
considered as an unpardonable crime. If a car manufacturer was trying to hide a flaw, or
trying to remove from the web-posts that highlighted some problems with the cars, would you
find it acceptable? Then why should we find it acceptable for Rahejas to get removed articles
about a major fire that took place in Atlantis in 2009 in Apartment E 41. And why should it be
allowed to suppress and remove information about a gas pipeline that burst in Apartment E 33 of
Raheja Atlantis in 2013 causing injury to a maid. In Caravan
magazine Praveen Donthi reports that
buildings (Raheja Atlantis) LPG pipes were improperly installed, and had corroded ten years
earlier than expected. Should we not heed this lesson, and make sure that the pipes in the newer
projects of Raheja are properly installed? Should we not try to dig deeper, investigate, learn
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lessons and try to prevent another accident or tragedy. Should we not learn our lessons from
history? Should we not bring the FOCUS BACK TO WHAT of the content that people like us
raise, and not digress by being drawn into WHERE of the content. If we do not learn the lessons
of history, we are condemned to repeat them.

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.- George

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There are some persistent patterns and quirks of nature, in people and entities. Some of these are
minor irritants, while others may turn out to be fatal flaws. And until a great effort is made to
change these habits and patterns they inevitably recur. History repeats itself.
And the 18 legal notices that came to us was also part of a pattern.
In 2009 when we spoke in defence of some clients in Raheja Atharva, and posted an
article on as to how the aggreived buyers had GHERAOED the
Raheja offices, we were immediately sent legal notices by
Rahejas to which we sent a fitting
reply Raheja then won a minor victory by
complaining to the police, and turning some of the buyers (whom we were trying to help
on their own requests) to write emails against us with Cc to Rahejas.
Then Rahejas sent us another notice in Dec
2013 to which we again gave a fitting
Those who forget history are condemned to repeat it as a farce, and so on April 18, 2014
Rahejas sent us another notice (18 legal notices to be
exact) and we sent a befitting
There is already a case filed against us in Delhi High Court. And we fully expect another
barrage of legal notices from them to drain us out by attrition.

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most
important of all the lessons of history. Aldous Huxley

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By the way, the when a Boston based financial journalist suggested there was no way Ponzi
could legally deliver such high returns in a short period of time, Ponzi sued and won a minor
victory and $ 50,000. But soon after Ponzi lost it,
and was jailed. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Given the lessons of history, we can expect another set of legal notices from Rahejas, to which
we will reply, and again and again This may be funny. But, sometimes it is not. It is not
funny when it is a question of LIFE & DEATH. It is not funny when a major fire breaks out in
Raheja Atlantis in 2009, then again in 2013 a major gas pipeline bursts. And all this happened
despite the residents telling Rahejas of the inadequate preparations. Here is some of what the
residents were worried about, and this is how they expressed themselves.
Yesterdays incident which occured at the E block highlights the general apathy of the
living condition at Raheja Atlantis. I am aware that RDPL (Raheja Developers Pvt Ltd)
thinks this is a minor fire as quoted by Ms Dimple in the press. The pictures and videos
taken of both the flats and the damage to the outside faade, not to mention the footage of
your staff hurriedly painting and removing burnt things just an hour after the fire would
make the claim of minor fire at best laughable and at worst a blatant lie.
On the day the fire happened, there was no WATER that came through the pipes, for
more than half hour! Thats what caused the fire to spread from one room to TWO
FLATS and half the side faade of tower E. After the fire, your (Raheja Developers)
people came and removed Orange seals from the sprinklers in my house and cleaned the
SEALS WERE STILL ON??? Why did they remove it after the fire? Is that not criminal
destruction of evidence?
In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.
George Orwell

History repeats itself, and thats one of the things thats wrong with
history. Clarence Darrow

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I am arranging a copy of show cause notice from fire department ,where Jt
commissioner has written that during his visit one main pump was not started in presence
of Mr. Navin Raheja as well. None of the sprinkler was functional, while the keys of the
E041 is with Netaji (owner of apartment) , RDPL claiming that special investigation been
carried out by them and found that there was earthing problem. Surprisingly RDPL is
only company who can investigate any matter without going to the place of incident.
I had personally discussed with Mr. Navin Raheja and warned him about
the possibility of occurence of such mishap even 4 months prior to this incident during a
residents meet on 21 March 2009. I am attaching a list of queries which were put up by
me on that day. Needless to say, Rahejas had addressed none of his concerns till the day
the fire broke out.
At the time of the fire, residents, tenants, people on the street, people living in the
houses next to the Condoeveryone was looking at the destruction and the utter chaos
that ensued. The only thing in my mind was why do we pay the maintenance and why
do we exhibit so much patience on every failed commitment.
And in the newspapers, it was reported & According to Sreedhar Mishra, an
engineer residing in the complex, the residents pay Rs 4,000 as maintenance charges
every month. However, there is no water or hydrant provided by the builders. A few
months ago, I had refused to pay the charges since there was hardly any work done as far
as maintenance was concerned. The builders harassed me by disconnecting my electricity
supply and reconnected it only after I paid the entire sum, he said. Also, According to
fire officials, the fire could have been brought under control much before the tenders
arrived had the systems installed inside the buildings been maintained and functional.
There are smoke detectors and water sprinklers provided in each apartment so that in
case of a fire, an automatic security system can take over. However, as per our
information, there was lack of maintenance that resulted in the automatic system failing
to control the situation, a senior fire official present at the site said. In another serious
allegation the papers reported that the building plans were faulty, and The fire officials
alleged that the building plan did not allow fire tenders and hydraulic platforms to move
inside. We had to break a part of a wall to reach the block where the fire broke out, H C
Sihag, fire station officer, Sector 29, said. Should not these serious charges have been
investigated further, and lessons learnt from these been disseminated widely amongst the
public esp. to people living in high rise apartments?
And just like in the Hindi movies, the police comes into the scene after all the action is
over, the papers reported, The Gurgaon police have not registered a case yet. We have
not received a formal complaint from the residents, Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon, S
S Deswal, said.

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Figure 4

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We (Qubrex) created a video and put it online, but it was deleted by Youtube in 2009 as Rahejas
complained of defamation. But, today you can see the video
here as we have reposted it. In your
judgement, should our video have become victim to Rahejas disreputation management in
2009? On what basis did they claim defamation?

Figure 8

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And here are photos of the apartment when the gas line exploded in Raheja Atlantis in March

Figure 9

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We sincerely prayed after the incident in 2009 that history should not repeat. But, it did. In
March 2013 Two people were injured when a piped natural gas (PNG) line exploded in an
apartment at Sector 31 in Gurgaon on
pipeline-explodes-Gurgaon.html Sahil Chandra, the flat owner said it was a lucky escape for the
family as the pipeline blasted on weekend and the school was closed. Normally, my wife keeps
moving around the kitchen as she has to send the kid to school, but today she was not there, he
added. However, the FIR has not been registered so far. Sahils father, Prof Suresh Chander is
an old client of ours, and I had immediately called him up. They were wanting to file an FIR, but
it seems that they did not go through with it. Instead a written complaint was filed. We have
received written complaints against Raheja Builders and the gas agency. We are probing the
case, Sharwan Lal of sector 40 police station told a news
gurgaon_835877.html Even after the fire in 2009 there was news that an FIR had been filed, but
seems it led nowhere. As an aside the Times of India recently
corruption-in-written-complaint/articleshow/18962474.cms?referral=PM that a Junior officer had
accused top Fire Officer of corruption in written complaint. In his complaint, he has said that the
top Fire Officer demands and accepts bribes to issue certificates such as fire NOC and fire
fighting scheme.

False promises were made of possession in 3 years to buyers of Raheja Atlantis in 2005. False
promises of possession in 3 years were made to buyers of Raheja Vedaanta in 2007. False
promises of possession in 3 years were made to buyers in Raheja Navodaya. And now promises
of possession in 2 (TWO) years are being made to slum dwellers in Kathputli Colony in 2014.
Should we let it happen? Should we let thousands of poor, uneducated, many elderly, and almost
all artists, be trapped into promises that are meant to be broken. Should they be forced to accept
Rahejas assurances that he will complete 2800+ apartments in 2 years for them, when he cant
even complete smaller projects launched over 7 years ago? If you believe that the Kathputli
Colony residents must be saved from the farcical promises, please sign our petition
It is only education and understanding of the past that teaches us not to
repeat history. Eugene Jarecki

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And there is a history of huge amounts of money being directed to misadventures of the
Rahejas. First, Money was wasted by the Rahejas on the great chase of SEZs. Then huge
amounts were spent in cornering land in Sohna, where eventually to raise money Rahejas had to
launch an illegal Community Investment Scheme (CIS). And now huge amounts are being spent
on Kathputli Colony where the BJP & AAP parties are alleging a Rs 1000 crore scam, and
papers have estimated that approx Rs 400 crore ($ 65 million) is the cost of developing the
transit camp and of building the nearly 3000 flats.

And, by the way where did Mr Raheja get the money to splurge on his misadventures? He was a
failed scooter distributor at one point in his life. (archive here
Maybe, just maybe, that is the reason why your project is incomplete, or progressing slowly. A
CAG probe is needed to understand the money trail, and as the Kathputli Colony project is a PPP
project, the Supreme Court has recently ruled that a CAG probe can be conducted. And it should
be conducted, in addition to a CBI probe as demanded by both the BJP and AAP. You can find a
lot of stories about the Kathputli Colony project aggregated here.

Let us START BY holding the NAREDCO Chairman to his promises, and put pressure on
him to deliver. If it requires the civil & criminal courts of law, of police, of public opinion, or
politics so be it. Let us prevent the king of builders from white-washing the web, and let us
prevent Mr Navin Raheja & Raheja Developers from taking up new projects till he delivers on
his pending ones. And let us force the Rahejas to focus on WHAT of the content, rather
than letting him go after WHERE the content is, before he seeks to get it expunged from
The history of man is the history of crimes, and history can repeat. So
information is a defence. Through this we can build, we must build, a
defence against repetition. Simon Wiesenthal

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx

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the web, and hence the collective memory of society. And this is not with a selfish motive, or
with a view of enriching a few individuals. We are ourselves part of this real estate eco-system,
and there is only so long you can cannibalize it, only so long you can take it as a zero-sum game.
If property prices are to stabilize, and if it has to attract money from investors, and if it must be a
place where you can safely park your life savings, this ATTEMPT TO WHITE-WASH THE
WEB MUST STOP. The criminal activity of disreputation must stop, and all builders
indulging in it must be given exemplary punishment.

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If real estate sector does better, so will we. Builders must become more productive, work more
speedily, and deliver better quality products. We are brokers and real estate consultants, and our
aim is to get a larger share from an expanding pie. If builders deliver on their promises it is easier
for us to sell their products, and we will spend less time in courts and media fighting them. If
they deliver even a fraction of what they promise, the quality of life will increase and people will
be willing to pay more; as prices rises so will our commissions. And in addition to the brokers
like us, the buyers will gain, the sellers will gain, the banks will gain, the contractors will
gain, the labour will gain, the manufacturers will gain, the media will gain After all, by
various estimates real estate is estimated to contribute almost 6% to our GDP. There are two
things that businesses need and that is TRUST, and VISIBILITY into the FUTURE. We must be
able to enter into agreements so that the party which is paying knows exactly what it is going to
get. And we must have visibility into the future so that when we get what we paid for, it is of the
value (not price) that we had expected when we went into the agreement.

INTERMINABLE DELAYS ARE BAD because they change the value of the product/service by
delivering (if at all) at a time when the environment around the product has changed for good or
bad. If, the real estate markets are in the dumps today (in 2014) it is in large part to the fact
that buyers & investors no longer trust majority of the builders that is why there are
All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to
discover them. -Galileo Galilei

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal
that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they
ought to be. William Hazlitt

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almost no takers for under-construction property. Millions of investors have suffered huge
losses, and homebuyers are suffering mentally & are financially stretched a major factor
leading to a crash in the real estate market is the LOSS OF FAITH IN BUILDERS.

Even Rahejas have now had to fall on their knees in this crashed market, and to sell the
unsold stock of projects launched over 7 years ago are peddling schemes that beg pay
10% now, 15% in 60 days and the rest in EMIs AFTER possession!! On top they are
offering 2 years rental guarantee AFTER possession!!! whenever that possession
happens. Haha. What a fall from grace for the arrogant and delusional builder. The Times
of India ad of April 2014 can be seen
here Rahejas have fallen because of their
own bad decisions (fatal blunders), bad luck, bad environment, bad performance, bad
ethics, bad product, and bad hearing, and you can read a detailed analysis of their dire
situation in How High Flying Builder Navin Raheja & Raheja Developers Hit Their
Titanic Iceberg here

Rahejas are now also offering to buyback their Raheja Revanta Apartments after 3
years promising you 66% returns. They
have changed the property product into a financial product tying it to returns (or
essentially interest), with the underlying asset (the apartment) just being a proxy.
With this scheme Navin Raheja is not selling homes to the public, which builders
should do, but is in-essence raising money from the market like that done by Mr
Nirmal Singh Bhangoo, MD of Pearls Agrotech Corporation Limited (PACL)
scheme-land-bank-deposits, or that of Subroto Roy of Sahara
Rahejas are effectively raising money from the public by giving as collatoral an
apartment that does not even exist! There is no apartment there yet, but just thin air
he is not selling an apartment, but the RIGHT to an apartment, making this
scheme potentially illegal as he is raising money and offering assured interest
without any underlying real asset. What is the guarantee that he will have money to
buyback after 3 years?? And so, buyers should stay away from them. If Rahejas are not
honoring agreements that they have about delivering homes, why would someone
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them. James A.

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believe that they would honor the agreements about providing 66% returns in 3 years.
And this lack of trust in them is more real and valid, because they are still not willing to
take responsibility on themselves for delaying projects that were launched over 7 years
ago. They are blaming HUDA, some of the buyers who do not want possession, market
forces, force majuere etc etc everyone except themselves. Look into thy mirror
Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the most *$%!@ builder of all
PUNISH SEVERELY BETRAYAL OF TRUST. Trust is perhaps the key metric by which one
evaluates investment schemes.
mirage Builders like Navin Raheja should not be able elicit trust by making grand promises, and
then to pass the buck to someone else for their OWN failures. Raheja has been trying to pass on
the blame for HIS incomplete projects on HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority)
saying that they have not provided the roads, sewerage, electricity, and what not. HUDA had
never said that they would provide anything in Sectors 108, 109, 92-95, etc by 2011, or 2014, or
2018, or in any timeline. All that HUDA has notified is a Year 2021 (then 2025, and now 2035)
Masterplan in which they are to provide the infrastructure. Further, HUDA is not party in any
Tripartite Agreement between Raheja Developers and the Buyers, and cannot be invoked
in failure of Raheja Developers to deliver on the Bipartite Agreement that is ONLY
between the Buyers and Raheja Developers. On what basis, on what policy, on what
agreement with HUDA, is Raheja trying to pass on the blame for his failure to deliver on to
HUDA. Raheja Developers is bound to deliver on his Agreement with the Buyers; period. And
the drama of a poll of how many people want possession is a legally untenable maneuver to
wiggle out of his committments. The betrayal of trust of the buyers, and the violation of the spirit
of the Agreement to Sell that was entered with the buyers, must be severely punished.

NO MORE FALSE GRANDIOSE PROMISES Builders must measure each & every one of their
words carefully, and if the builder is making false boasts or promises (this is what confidence
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what
they do. Andrew Carnegie

Evil is always unspectacular and always human. And shares our
bedand eats at our table. W.H. Auden

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tricksters do to get people to trust them), they must be punished. Raheja has made many
bombastic statements, which may have conveyed to people that the group is much larger than
what it actually is, and the group must be made to eat their words publicly. Making promises to
get people to buy into your project, and then conveniently forgetting them when the time to
deliver comes, should be punished severely. Raheja Developers announced with grandstanding 7
hotels in 2009, and 5 years later in 2014 what is
delivered is one hotel ONLY and that too in piggy-back on an existing project, Raheja Square
in Manesar. Anyway, what about the other 6 hotels? This is a part of a pattern. Mr Navin Raheja
announced in 2006 TWO SEZs spread over 5327
acres. In 2009 Mr Navin Raheja announced that
in SEZs 20 million sqft of usable area would be developed of which 7 million would be
housing Has
even 1 sqft been developed in the SEZs NO. In the same article in 2009 Navin Raheja claims
to be developing 20,000 low cost homes 5 years later not a single home has been delivered.
Nayan Raheja in May 2012 said that the Dwarka Expressway will be ready by end of
2012. It is NOT ready. In May 2012, in the same
interview, Nayan Raheja said that they are getting ready to give possession of Navodaya and
Atharva soon. Almost 2 years to the month since he said that, have they given possession to the
apartments in Raheja Navodaya or Raheja Atharva? No, and No. Boasts like these, made with
the sole intention of duping newer buyers into buying into their projects, are frauds and must
be punished as such.

SINS HAVE HELPED CREATE GREAT WEALTH in Real Estate, and have bought great
riches to many at the cost of many many more. It is no doubt that property has historically been
one of the safest assets over the long run, and in a rapidly growing economy the upward draft to
its wings are unstoppable. But, there are many human frailties that make it easier for some to
generate great wealth for themselves at the expense of others. Apradh (illegality) seems to be
the fount of great riches for Indian realtors, and as the well researched story in Gfiles The Great
Haryana Land Robbery documents, the last 10
years in Haryana have been a loot at a very large scale. Mr Navin Raheja, and many other
builders, seem to have been direct beneficiaries of this largess. Then is Thaggi (Trickery)
& J hoot (Lies). In the unregulated wild world of Indian Real Estate, Maya (illusion) is used to
draw buyers into the parlour, and Swarth (selfishness) and I rshya (envy) used to push them over
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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the edge. Lobh (greed) keeps the buyers hanging on to the last remnants of hope, as
Aalas (sloth) keeps them passive and docile. And for those who try to walk out of the parlour,
the Bhrasht (corrupt) drag them back into the spiders lair. Such a complex system cannot be
easily reined in, and needs an organized system to fight back. We need an intelligence that is
larger than the sum-total of our individual intelligences.

We await the ESTABLISHMENT OF NETWORK INTELLIGENCE. We need a collective
memory to remember everything good and bad. If there is something good, it must be there in
the records, and if there is something bad it must be there too. Decision-making and
ENFORCEMENT are complex processes, and the least we could do is to provide facts (as they
are) to build upon. We then need an information & knowledge clearing house about real estate to
set into motion these memories. At present some work of information & knowledge collection
and organization is being done by IREF (
gurgaon-28.html/) where a wealth of information is shared by real estate enthusiasts for real
estate all over India. But it is faceless, anonymous, and seeded & moderated by volunteers. To
make it more powerful a new incremental concerted effort is needed. The new COLLECTIVE
effort must lay the groundwork for an EMERGENT & NETWORK INTELLIGENCE- an
intelligence that is larger than the sum total of all our intelligences, and it must have the
ability TO ENFORCE its will on the players. Building upon the work & concept of IREF, we
want to give it real faces, and we want to organize the available information, and also create,
curate, and manage information with the help of professionals. This network intelligence will be
geared towards information sharing AND also ENFORCEMENT. We believe that against the
tyranny of unscrupulous & disreputed builders only the weapon of actionable knowledge can
work. It is also essential that current consumers be educated of the way forward, and prospective
customers be made aware of the facts. In addition to being reactive, the knowledge-based
bulwark must be proactive.

The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity
doesnt understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever
had. - Eric Schmidt

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The time has come to contribute your bit to help this Network Intelligence emerge and ensure
that has the capability of being sentient of the real estate sector and much more. At this time it is
more beneficial to keep the people in our emerging network unmentioned, but as time requires
some people will step out. But, right now, we need you to participate actively or passively an
build a knowledge base and clearing house. The goals of the effort are to bring to the real
estate sector transparency, accountability, and concentrated responsibility.

The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has
taken place. George Bernard Shaw

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We need to hold the builders accountable to their Agreements, and have transparency in how the
builders are progressing towards completing their promises, and we should be able to fix
concentrated responsibility on one or more specific people in the builders company if the
Agreement is violated.

TRANSPARENCY is especially important, because the time from promise to delivery can
range from a few months to many years, and the whole process must be transparent to the buyer.
We can use knowledge sharing, and group pressure to ensure that the builders do their best to
move according to the promised plans. This can only be done collectively. There must be a
critical mass of people who take the lead, and with a few professionals to advise them. Till the
Real Estate Regulatory Bill (with real teeth)
ya%20Sabha%20on%2014.8.2013.pdf becomes a reality, buyer groups guided by professionals
are the best way to bring transparency & accountability. We will try to gather around
professionals who will not be compromised at any price by the builders. The professionals could
be consumers like you, but have been spending enough time with real estate related matters to be
able to understand the sustained fight that is needed to confront & rein in the builders. Let us
sharpen our teeth by taking on the king of the builders, Navin Raheja of Raheja Developers. If
there is something wrong that a builder could do, he has been there, done it. And once we have
tested our process against him, we will bring the focus onto other builders.
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
Blaise Pascal

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved,
as a rule the majority are wrong. Eugene V. Debs

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You give the builder so much money that for the next 20 years you will be paying it off in
installments. For many buyers these installments will consume almost half their monthly salary,
month after month, over the next 20 years. And in return what do you get when you ask for an
account of the same a thenga. Not acceptable. If a project to be delivered in 3 years is still
incomplete in 7 years, all the books of the builder should be examined by third party auditors,
and he must give a detailed account of the whereabouts of the funds collected. We must at all
costs prevent the builder from degenerating into another Charles
Ponzi, where he is diverting the money from one project
to another, funneling it to build his personal assets, and using funds in highly speculative projects
where the chances of gambling away the money paid by the buyers is high. And in Rahejas case,
as it is a PPP (Public Private Partnership) project with the DDA, his books must be opened to a
CAG probe, and also to a CBI probe as demanded by the Parliamentary candidates of BJP &

ACCOUNTABILITY If promises are being made, then there must be a valid basis for those,
and there must be teeth in case the promises turn out out be with malice. Five years after selling
Raheja Atharva we had to publicly take back our recommendation, and apologize for
recommending the project in 2009 because
the builder just would not do the work, and there was nothing we could do to prod the builder. If
Mr Raheja is making promises to the slum residents that he will give 2800+ apartments to all
eligible residents in less than 2 years, then he must show how he will make 2800+ apartments in
2 years when he has not been able to deliver smaller projects in even 7 years (and still counting).
If he does not deliver the apartments fully complete in 2 years there must be exemplary penalty.
If he does not deliver to all eligible residents, there must be penalty. If he does not deliver the
apartments of the quality promised then there must be penalty. And the Agreement must be iron-
clad so that he is not able to dilate, or take the second and third parties on a wild ride.

It is cruelty to the innocent not to punish the guilty Publilius Syrus
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CONCENTRATED RESPONSIBILITY We must hold Mr Navin Raheja responsible for the
delays in his current projects, and prevent him from taking on any new projects till he finishes all
the currently delayed projects. We must make sure that if the money paid to him by buyers has
been diverted to other projects, then he is forced to bring it back even if he has to liquidate his
newer projects. If he has already squandered away the money given by the buyers, and that is the
reason why he is not completing their project, then we must find him a room next to Shri Sahara

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Sign up, and commit your name to the movement, and all it takes is a few seconds to start this
process of transparency, accountability, and concentrated responsibility. Please sign the petition
here if you are a Raheja property buyer, or buyer in property of any other builder who is not
delivering on his promises, or you want to support fairness and prevent the poor and uneducated
residents of Kathputli colony from being cheated.

If you are scared that Raheja Developers, or any other builder, will penalize you, remember there
is strength in numbers. There were recent protests against DLF, Vatika, Unitech, Ramprastha,
Vigneshwara, M3M, SKM Refcon, AN Buildwell, etc and you can see a long list here Will the protestors get
penalized? On the contrary, remember that it is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease. For those
clinging to hope that their passivity is good, the builder will love them for it and reward them,
and if they keep their ears, eyes, and mouth shut things will turn out okay for them: Fine, and
God bless you all.

The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the
destruction of millions of our fellow beings. William Hazlitt

With foxes, we must play the fox. Thomas Fuller

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PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION that Raheja should first finish their long-delayed projects and
only then be allowed to start work on projects like that of Kathputli Colony, and sign the petition
years It is also important to sign the petition to protect the rights of the poor, elderly, uneducated,
and artistic Kathputli Colony residents because if they are forced to trust Rahejas, and Rahejas
do not deliver their 2800+ apartments in 2 years, they might be on the road with no place to go.
The transit camp where they are being temporarily relocated is available for 2 years only. So,
far the slum residents have resisted their displacement, and only about 100 of the 3200+ families
have moved out, but they still need our support. And they also need support because the plan of
what Rahejas is providing them does not suit their life & work-style, and a better plan needs to
be presented by DDA & Rahejas to better suit the slum dwellers. There is more coverage
SUPPORTING WITHOUT FEAR If there is any punitive action by Rahejas for standing up, or
defending your rights, or exercising your freedom of speech, we will do our best to bring the
sledgehammer of police, public opinion, and courts to bear on them. But, for those with a
genuine concern and reason for not coming out, we will try to find a way to protect your
anonymity like at RTI Anonymous At the Getup4Change
website, people can upload an RTI query anonymously to the website, then one of the volunteers
associated with the website files it, and once the reply is received the volunteer posts the answer
back on the site. This way the actual person person asking the query cannot be traced, or
targeted. Or we will try something like being done at IREF, where revealing real-world personal
information is prohibited

Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man. Friedrich

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FINANCIAL RESOURCES. We should start a thousand mutinies. Badmash Builders, enough is
enough. We also seek support of buyers in projects by builders other than Raheja Developers,
from the public in general, from people with knowledge of the police, courts, RWAs, and RTI.
Help, please. It just takes a few minutes, and it means a lot.
If someone is willing to lead the initiative they are welcome to do so, and we will help raise
a network of support for them. Actions are costly, and that is why the DLF Belaire & DLF
Parkplace Residents Associations which won the historic judgement at CCI for Rs 630 crore had
a membership fee of Rs 50,000 for DLF Belaire, and Rs 20,000 for DLF Parkplace. If there is
knowlege and money contributions, actions can be taken at the following forums.

COURTS We are looking for legal advice, evidence, and people willing to file cases
against Rahejas in the civil, criminal and consumer courts. The charges range from
violations of the Haryana Apartment Ownership Act, esp the section LC IVA which are
all detailed in the document Raheja of NAREDCO The Man Who Would Be
King. There are also charges of false advertising, and false claims like having delivered
290 million sq.ft space. We are also looking for help to file a PIL (Public Interest
Litigation) against builders like Rahejas who are indulging in the criminal practice
of disreputation management to whitewash the web, and destroy its record of the
POLICE We are looking for help in filing police cases against Rahejas for illegally
getting content removed, and are looking for more evidence where they have bullied
people into removing content. We are looking for help in filing cases with the Economic
Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.
Ayn Rand

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one
by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke
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Offences Wing (EOW) & SEBI for investigation of possibly illegal CIS (Community
Investment Schemes) & Ponzi schemes that the Rahejas have undertaken. We are looking
at help in starting a CBI investigation into the possible scam of Kathputli Colony. We are
looking at help in getting a CAG probe against Rahejas esp. since it is now possible after
recent Supreme Court decision in PPP case involving
POLITICS We are looking at help for reaching out to BJP & AAP, and their eminent
legal luminaries like Mr Prashant Bhushan. If there are people in Congress who can help,
we are seeking their support, and that of any party that can help the buyers & investors in
real estate. We would like to bring political pressure, supported by large number of
buyers who are voters, to bear on the builder, and also help in moving the levers of the
legislature, executive, and judiciary.
PUBLIC OPINION We would also like the public to know the real story behind the
facade of performance & success of Rahejas and other builders. The story must spread
out and reach ALL BUYERS of OTHER BUILDERS who are tardy and playing hardball
like Rahejas, and we would like the past & prospective buyers to know the facts and to
seek their help & support. DONATE so we can do Facebook, Google and newspaper
ads. We would like the people to know what the builders are trying desperately to
hide with their criminal intimidation. We would like people to know that their support
counts, and each signature on the petition is a vote against the misdeeds of the builder.
Please start by signing this petition and being counted.

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And the best way to beat a bully is to bring his misdeeds into the sunshine. And the best way to
stand up to injustice is to speak up.
The builders via their criminal disreputation management are trying to remove
information & knowledge from the web, and the best way to prove their effort futile is to
repost elsewhere the information they remove; replant ten saplings for every tree the
builders knock down. What stories the builders like Raheja Developers seek to send to the
purgatory can be retreived by your links to the same story. Let us show that by such actions Mr
Navin Raheja is not the man who would be king but he is an emperor who has no clothes.

If you have a blog please host our stories and our files. If you have social media accounts please
link to our stories and our files. And please take the time to add comments to all the websites
where Raheja related stories are posted. We are aggregating a lot of stories

With your help we hope to fight back and prevent the builders from destroying what we cherish
the most, which is our freedom of speech. It is this freedom to speech which is the fount of
transparency, accountability, and concentrated responsibility. It is this freedom of speech that
makes our country so great. It is your help in preserving this freedom of speech that makes you
special. Please help us.

Its not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it. John Wooden

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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