Case-laws to help you fight against unregistered resolutions banning Tenants and Paying Guest

The right to privacy, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution, is an inbuilt right under the provisions of the
Co-operative Societies Act, particularly the co-operative housing societies [emphasis added].

Bibhuti Bhusan Chakraborty v. Deputy Registrar

No Indian law is above the Constitution of India

The Court, by reaffirming the right to privacy as part of the right to shelter, prohibits the denial of housing by co-operative societies on moral or arbitrary grounds.

The right to shelter/housing includes the right to be let alone, and does not allow discrimination based on the
private life of an individual. The judgment is links the right to housing, an economic, social and cultural right, with
the right to privacy, a civil and political right – thus reinforcing the indivisibility of human rights approach. The
judgment also upholds the right to dispose property, as per will.

St. Anthony’s Co-operative Society v. The Secretary (Co-operation and Textile Department)

The Court noted that co-operative societies provide an essential amenity to citizens – namely the facility
of housing
. The Court recognized that the right to housing is itself read into Article 21. Since membership to
the society has bearing upon the ownership, use, or enjoyment of property, restricting membership restricts
full enjoyment of property.

However, it also stated that the “right may be regulated, as rights in property can generally speaking be regulated, but save and except in the face of a statutory indication, an interpretation which would interpose a bar upon the full enjoyment of the right ought not to be countenanced by the Court.

Land is a natural resource, restricting its transfer to only certain people, would violate the constitutional principle of equality before law.

Delhi Dayalbagh Coop. House Building Society Ltd. v. The Registrar Cooperative Societies

The human right to adequate housing addresses rights not just limited to the ownership of property and of property owners but also guarantees the right of everyone, including non-owners, to a safe and secure place to live in peace
and dignity.

Security of tenure is an essential element of the human right to adequate housing, as elaborated in General Comment 4 of CESCR. It includes rental accommodation, cooperative housing, leased housing, emergency housing, and informal settlements.

A citizen requires a suitable accommodation which is a must to him and which is required for allowing him to grow in physical, mental and intellectual aspect of the matter.

Shantistar Builders v. N.K. Totame, AIR 1990 SC 630

These judgments are significant in light of the numerous instances of discrimination in access to housing on grounds of caste, gender, religion, sexuality, and marital status, among others.

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