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You can seek help and guidance in following 10 areas such as CHS, property-related issues, Complaints to regulators, Consumer complaints, IT Act and civil liberties, Filing PILs, Whistleblowers, Sexual harassment case, Wills & nominations, RTI and Basic legal research.
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Shirish Shanbhag

Shirish Shanbhag has an MSc in Organic Chemistry, Diploma in Higher Education, a Diploma in a French and has completed his LL.B. in first class, in 2021. Before his retirement, he was a junior college teacher at Patkar College from July 1980 to May 2012, where he taught theoretical and practical chemistry. Post retirement in 2012, he started providing guidance and counseling to people on several issues, with a specific focus on co-operative housing society related matters. Adv Shanbhag has a kee

AV Shenoy

AV Shenoy hold degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Worked as a Design Engineer in Electrical Business Group of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at Powai from October 1969 to September 2001 and retired as Dy. General Manager. Also worked as a Facilitator/Trainer for implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO 9000 in the organization. Since r

Abhay Datar

Abhay Datar is a consumer activist. After working at Bank of Baroda for about 29 years, he retired as IT Manager. After retirement, Mr Datar joined Consumer Guidance Cell of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP) in 2008 and solved many cases related to banking including online fraudulent transactions, misuse of credit cards and ATM cards. Also handled cases related with mobile banking frauds and mediclaim. He was a Member of the Managing Committee of MGP till March 2021.

Shailesh Gandhi

Shailesh Gandhi is a former Central Information Commissioner for the Right to Information Act. He is a successful RTI activist and a regular speaker at Moneylife Foundation.

SD Israni

Dr SD Israni is an Advocate & Partner of SD Israni Law Chambers and has over 37 years of experience in the field of Corporate, Commercial and Securities Laws. He has simply written the book on Indian securities laws, copies of which he kindly donated to Moneylife Foundation library. Dr Israni's professional achievements are formidable. He was a member of the Naresh Chandra Committee for simplification of Company Law relating to private and small companies. He has been on SEBI's committee on

Dr Rajendra Ganatra

Dr Rajendra M Ganatra, was a banker for two decades and is now a registered Insolvency Resolution Professional, restructuring consultant and visiting faculty for MBA. He has more three decades of experience in project finance, asset reconstruction and financial restructuring. He is a Registered Insolvency Professional and has been the former MD & CEO of India SME Asset Reconstruction Co. Limited

Samir Zaveri

An extraordinary activist who has dedicated his life to the cause of railways, with a mission to help every rail commuter and accident victims, and improve Railway safety.

Yogesh Sapkale

Yogesh Sapkale is Deputy Editor of Moneylife and writes on legal, RTI, and consumer issues

Sucheta Dalal

Trustee - Moneylife Foundation

Dear expert (s), Appreciate yours and Monelife foundation's efforts, for providing valuable insights/advice on legal matters, in an unbiased fashion. Our CHS (in the heart of buzzing area, falling under smart city) 15 years old, has a commercial property which gets us a monthly rent of 2.5L. As a result of this inflow, we may reasonably low monthly maintenance fee to CHS. In recent past there were offers for selling it at a handsome price. Some of the old founder members from the society are interested to sell it and distribute the money equally, among the society residents. However other members (new owners, who bought property at higher cost) are keen to let it be on rent. Approaching you for your able guidance on following: 1. Whether selling it out rightly TODAY is right decision, financially - considering it is an upbeat area? 2. Whether getting monthly rent in long term is better alternative to selling it in short term? 3. Whether selling it out rightly TODAY is right decision, considering redevelopment in few decades? 4. Can the decision of MC to sell the commercial property, be challenged by one or more than one society members - so as to stall its sale? 5. Whether selling it out rightly TODAY is right decision, legally (i don't know what can those legal implications be- in short or long term? Your inputs based on wider perspective of the listed (and few of the unlisted points), would definitely enable us to take an informed decision, focused on financial interest of residents. Prompt and detailed (preferably) response would be a definite help. Thanks in advance, AD Answered  CHS, property-related issues
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Shirish Shanbhag Shirish Shanbhag has an MSc in Organic Chemistry, Diploma in Higher Education, a Diploma in a French and has completed his LL.B. in first class, in 2021. Before his retirement, he was a junior college teacher at Patkar College from July 1980 to May 2012, where he taught theoretical and practical chemistry. Post retirement in 2012, he started providing guidance and counseling to people on several issues, with a specific focus on co-operative housing society related matters. Adv Shanbhag has a kee

AV Shenoy AV Shenoy hold degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay and a Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. Worked as a Design Engineer in Electrical Business Group of Larsen & Toubro Ltd. at Powai from October 1969 to September 2001 and retired as Dy. General Manager. Also worked as a Facilitator/Trainer for implementation of Total Quality Management (TQM) and ISO 9000 in the organization. Since r

Abhay Datar Abhay Datar is a consumer activist. After working at Bank of Baroda for about 29 years, he retired as IT Manager. After retirement, Mr Datar joined Consumer Guidance Cell of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP) in 2008 and solved many cases related to banking including online fraudulent transactions, misuse of credit cards and ATM cards. Also handled cases related with mobile banking frauds and mediclaim. He was a Member of the Managing Committee of MGP till March 2021.

Shailesh Gandhi Shailesh Gandhi is a former Central Information Commissioner for the Right to Information Act. He is a successful RTI activist and a regular speaker at Moneylife Foundation.

SD Israni Dr SD Israni is an Advocate & Partner of SD Israni Law Chambers and has over 37 years of experience in the field of Corporate, Commercial and Securities Laws. He has simply written the book on Indian securities laws, copies of which he kindly donated to Moneylife Foundation library. Dr Israni's professional achievements are formidable. He was a member of the Naresh Chandra Committee for simplification of Company Law relating to private and small companies. He has been on SEBI's committee on

Dr Rajendra Ganatra Dr Rajendra M Ganatra, was a banker for two decades and is now a registered Insolvency Resolution Professional, restructuring consultant and visiting faculty for MBA. He has more three decades of experience in project finance, asset reconstruction and financial restructuring. He is a Registered Insolvency Professional and has been the former MD & CEO of India SME Asset Reconstruction Co. Limited

Samir Zaveri An extraordinary activist who has dedicated his life to the cause of railways, with a mission to help every rail commuter and accident victims, and improve Railway safety.

Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale is Deputy Editor of Moneylife and writes on legal, RTI, and consumer issues

Sucheta Dalal Trustee - Moneylife Foundation

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