• Unconstitutional proceedings under SARFAESI act/ Fraud case

We bought a property (its agriculture land as per revenue records) in July-2014 in UP. 2 years later, a local PSU bank informed us that this property is already mortgaged (equitable) with them against a CC limit of 25 lakhs. Actually Seller had cheated on us by saying that original sale deed is lost and he will get a certified copy from sub-registrar while original Sale deed of the property was with bank only.
Some events and facts of the case are as follows
1)	There is no loan on the property as per sub registrar office (We have Non-encumbrance certificate)
2)	Bank has not registered the land with CERSAI which is a compulsory requirement since 2011 as per sub section 1 of section 20 of SARFEASI act-2002 (CERSAI was formed with an intention to stop multiple-mortgage fraud cases happening with financial institutions and property buyers).
3)	Mutation is in our name.
4)	May-2016: Bank sent us a notice informing us about the loan and attached a copy of notice 13(2) that was sent to borrower earlier that month.
5)	We sent a reply to bank within 60 days (from the day we received the notice) under section 13(3A) of SARFAESI Act.
6)	After that we mailed the bank a no of times about the irregularities done by branch officers in whole process but we didn’t get any reply even after following up for more than 3 months.
7)	Few months later we got to know that property was put on auction twice. Though we didn’t get any notice/communication (Despite the bank knowing that mutation is in our name) from the bank after the one stated in point 4. Actually bank didn’t make us a party in the case, though we were supposed to be. 
8)	We filed the complaint with concerned Banking ombudsman and investigation is being done by them.
9)	After putting the property on auction, bank approached district magistrate for physical possession of the property. We somehow got to know about that. False facts were produced by bank in the application like presently, property is in physical possession of borrower only, there is no dispute on the land etc.
10)	We filed an objection application with DM against the application of bank for physical possession on the facts that SARFAESI act can’t be imposed on agriculture land and Central registry compulsorily needs to be done for equitable mortgage. Hopefully decision will come in our favor by next week.
11)	Guarantor also is a defaulter of same bank for crores.

•	As per CERSAI notification, any bank/bank officer in default of non-compliance of filing of mortgage with CERSAI, may be imposed with a penalty of Rs. 5000/day. 
•	Secondly, SARFAESI Act should not be imposed if its guidelines are not followed (like CERSAI)
•	We were supposed to be party for all the notices like 13(4), intimation of auction etc as bank was fully aware that we had bought the property and registry was in our name.
•	SARFAESI act is not applicable on agriculture land.
•	What can bank do if DM denies to provide assistance for physical possession of property to bank
Parallely we had filed a criminal case against that borrower, but that will take time and we need to stop the actions being taken by banks under sarfaesi act. 
Now we are planning to do following. Please give your inputs.
1)	Take a stay order from High court on SARFAESI act being imposed on property or on auction.
2)	File a caveat before DRT.
3)	Wait for DM’s order for physical possession
4)	Wait for Banking ombudsman’s decision
We had contacted CERSAI also for this case informing them about the non-compliance of cersai by bank. But we didn’t get any positive response. What can I do to make them take actions against the bank as per their circular/policy.
Had the mortgage been registered either with Sub-registrar or with CERSAI, we would not have bought the property. It’s clearly a fault from bank’s side.
Please give your valuable inputs and advise.
Asked 13 hours ago in Property Law from Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh
Religion: Hindu
1) if bank is unable to obtain physical possession it file application before DRT against borrower and seek   recovery certificate against borrower and stay restraining borrower from selling the land 

2) however as per section 31 of SRFEASI act  bank  cannot auction agricultural land 

3) you can seek stay order from HC 

4) wait for DM order and banking ombudsman decision 
Ajay Sethi
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Dear Querist
My opinion on your queries are as under: 

1. Take a stay order from High court on SARFAESI act being imposed on property or on auction.
Opinion: high court has no jurisdiction.
You have to file a S.A. before DRT along with interim application for stay.

2)	File a caveat before DRT.
Opinion: can be filed.

3)	Wait for DM’s order for physical possession
Opinion: before that filing SA will be better.

4)	Wait for Banking ombudsman’s decision
We had contacted CERSAI also for this case informing them about the non-compliance of cersai by bank. But we didn’t get any positive response. What can I do to make them take actions against the bank as per their circular/policy.
Opinion: file a writ petition before high court for direction and compliance of circular.

Had the mortgage been registered either with Sub-registrar or with CERSAI, we would not have bought the property. It’s clearly a fault from bank’s side.
Opinion: yes, bank is on fault and you can get benefit for that.


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Nadeem Qureshi
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1.  You have been cheated by the seller of the said property.

2. If there are buildings constructed in and around the same area where your property is situated, then it will not be considered as agricultural land whereupon SARFAESI Action is valid.

3. There are thousands of such cases where the creation of security interest have not been registered with CERSAI.Registration with CERASAIt was not mandatory during the year 2014.

4. Mutation certificate does not indicate ownership of the property.

5. It is a fact that you are not a party to the SARFAESI action initiated by the Bank and they have sent all their notices to their defaulting borrower. The reply to the 13(2) notice shall have to be sent by the Borrower and not you.

6. You shall have to file a SARFAESI Application (S.A.) u/s17 of SARFAESI Act,2002 before your local DRT within 45 days from the date of the 13(4)  notice sent to the borrower and published in two local Newspapers challenging the SARFAESI proceeding initiated by the Bank praying for a stay order till the application is disposed of. If 45 days thereof have already been crossed, wait for the copy of DM's letter calling you for investigation (in many places, DM calls the borrowers/mortgagors before passing order for taking possession) to file the said S.A before the DRT. if you do not get any letter from DM, wait for the sale notice and on receipt of the same also you can file the said S.A. within 45 days thereof.

7. If you fail to get favourable order from the DRT, you can approach DRAT and/or high court seeking remedy and you won't have to deposit the 25%  of the outstanding dues before the DRAT for filing the appeal since you are neither the borrower nor the guarantor/mortgagor.
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