It was closed down on August 28, 2007
Four after years after the Ajanta Talkies in Hubli closed down, 11 people who were employees of the talkies at the time of its closure are likely to get their dues as the Hubli tahsildar has taken possession of the land belonging to Mallikarjun Koodalamath, a partner in the Ajanta Talkies, and it will be auctioned on October 22.
Ajanta Talkies, one of the oldest cinema halls in Hubli, was closed down on August 28, 2007. However, 11 employees are yet to get their dues.
The Dharwad District Employees' Association, led by its general secretary M. Rama Rao, had taken up the employees case and filed cases in the Labour Department claiming gratuity, compensation and salary arrears. Subsequently the Labour Department ordered Mr. Koodalamath to pay Rs. 13,15,646 to the workers with an interest of 10 per cent from the date of closure of the talkies. But despite repeated pleas by the association and workers, the owner failed to pay the employees their dues.
Then, once again the association approached the Labour Department and requested the authorities concerned to take steps to recover the dues of the former employees from the management of the talkies.
The Labour Department officials issued recovery certificates for the recovery of dues to the Deputy Commissioner of Dharwad, who in turn directed the Hubli tahsildar to recover the dues.
Now, with Mr. Koodalamath failing to pay the dues despite notices issued to him as per law, Hubli tahsildar S.S. Biradar has taken possession of land (3 acres and 29 guntas ) belonging to Mr. Koodalamath at Gokul village, Block no. 273, near Hubli.
The tahsildar has issued the public notification dated October 7, 2011with regard to the auction of the land, which will be held at Gokul village on October 22 at 11 a.m.
The money collected through the auction will be utilised to pay the dues to the 11 employees, who have been running from pillar to post for it since the time the talkies was closed down.