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Supreme Court pulls up Deshmukh

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A file photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
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A file photo of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

In a setback to film producer Subhash Ghai, the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Bombay High Court order quashing the 20 acre land allotted to his film institute in Filmcity.

A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and C.K. Prasad also pulled up former Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for allotting the land in 2004, saying the Chief Minister cannot bend or bypass rules to give away government land.

One cannot be treated as blue-eyed boy for whom Chief Minister can bend or bypass rules to give away the land of the State, the Bench said.

The Supreme Court further said that they there is lack of transparency in the allotment of land as many Chief Ministers prior to Mr. Deshmukh had not cleared the project.

“The State government has given land to its blue-eyed boy for a paltry sum of money,” the Bench said.

“You are a great film maker, but there are greater film makers also. Why you have been chosen? There must be transparency,” the Bench observed.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi appearing for Mr. Ghai, pleaded that more than Rs. 50 crore has already been invested in the institute, Whistling Woods and it should not be destroyed and submitted that he (Mr. Ghai) should at least be granted lease on the property. The Bench, however, was not convinced and said that he can participate in the bidding process for the property.

Vilasrao Deshmukh has been the most corrupt and unscrupulous character in Maharashtra politics. He is a pioneer in misusing position for his own benefit. He has patronised moneylenders and shylocks,he is involved in land scams and now in whistling woods. If he says that he has done evry thing in public interests, he is the fool of the highest order that he thinks the people are fools. He must have made billions apart from making a place in Bollywood for his 'talented' son Ritesh. By protecting such a corrupt person, the PM also looses his credibility.

from:  Yuvi
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012 at 18:35 IST

Most of the Govt lands allotted by successive Governments fall under blue-eyed category or to their own relatives. Everyone knows how the politicians function in this country, but the question is who will keep track of such allotments. Taking this as a classic example, will the Supreme Court set up a committee of judges or auditors to go into all the major lands allotted in similar fashion?

from:  Kumar Iyer
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012 at 14:03 IST

Supreme Court should issue a General order that all discretionary
allotments are subject to Judicial Review for the purpose of Fixing
Fair Value of Assets to be paid to Government.

from:  Atma Gandhi
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012 at 13:44 IST

Hats off Sooner this court comes down heavily on IPL and put an end to this lootting of public money by the illegal bookies corporate heavy weights the better When BCCI is faulting on IT payments the Government keeps quiet, it harassing middle class tax payers The electronic and print media are the worst culprits

from:  ram
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012 at 13:25 IST
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