Re: RTI to locate original agreement and find out exact stamp duty/penalty amount
As per the Maharashtra Rules, you can seek information only on one subject, and the request shall not oridinarily exceed 150 workds. If you want information on more than one subject or exceeding 150 workds, you may file separate applications.
The Jt Registrar or Collector of Stamps have powers to impound the Original Sale Deed in case proper stamp duty is not paid. In such case, the competent authority issue notice demanding short paid stamp duty + penalty. It is better you pay the both and get the Sale Deed released as soon as possible.
I presume you did not receive any demand notice till today. If you have received so, you may either pay the amount + peanlty or file submssions as to why the stamp duty paid is sufficient and there is no short payment.
My suggestion is not to file RTI Applciation now. First consult a good lawyer doing title veification /search report etc and apply to the authorities for releasing the document. You may not venture to push the issue through RTI, without complying with the statutory requirement and without pursuing the matter in proper way.
Approach through lawyer first. Depending upon the situation, you can file RTI applciation and seek the (1) certified copy of note sheet and decision on your reply against demand-notice / impounding order etc.
Remember, RTI is not an alternate to the Statutory procedures.
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