Pune: Police register FIR against housing society secretary for demanding medical certificate from tenant

Pune District Collector office
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Aundh, June 28, 2020: An FIR has been registered against the secretary of a housing society in Aundh for allegedly not allowing a seven months pregnant woman and her family members entry for over four hours on Thursday, June 25. The secretary demanded medical certificate which is against the guidelines issued by the Maharashtra state government. When the family showed him a certificate, the secretary did not believe it to be genuine.

Based on a complaint from deputy registrar Sneha Joshi from the cooperative department, Chatushrungi police station has booked Rohan Nilay 1 housing society, near Spicer College in Aundh, secretary Sunil Anant Shivtare (53). He has been charged for offence under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by a public servant) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to police, The Times of India newspaper reported about the incident following which Pune City Tehsildar asked Joshi to verify the report. After verification, Joshi lodged a complaint against Shivtare. The tenant Langhu Lukia, her husband Sudhir Masih and their three-year-old child had reached the society on Thursday afternoon with their movers and packers. However, they were stopped at the society gate by the secretary. They waited for over four hours and even got a medical certificate from a private hospital in Old Sangvi but the secretary allegedly said that the certificate was fake.

The secretary told the newspaper that he was following government guidelines. However, Pune District Collectorate officials said that medical certificate is not mentioned in the guidelines issued by the government. The society cannot make its own rules.

According to the family members, the society finally allowed entry in the evening after taking Rs 5,000 as some charges and asked them to remain in the flat for 15 days. A security guard also checks on them that they are inside the flat. The family moved to Aundh from Mohammadwadi due to their son’s school being located here.