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No rules flouted for Hema Malini, says State

Hema Malini was given the plot even before she had surrendered the plot alloted to her earlier— Photo: PTI  

The BJP-led State government on Friday claimed that the land allotted to party MP and actor Hema Malini for her dance school was as per prescribed norms and that no rules had been flouted.

However, the government failed to explain the reasons behind allocating the land even before Ms Malini surrendered the plot that was earlier allotted to her in Versova to the Mumbai suburban collector. It has also not explained as to why the condition of securing 25% amount of total project cost with the government was not followed in this case, as mandated while allotting land.

On Thursday, activist Anil Galgali had released information obtained under Right to Information (RTI) Act from the Mumbai suburban collector, which stated that a plot admeasuring 2,000 sq m at Ambivli in Andheri was given to the actor’s dance school at Rs 70,000.

The market value of the same plot is estimated to be around Rs 50 crore.

The government clarified that the plot had been allotted to the actor according to the decisions and existing norms and that no decision had been taken outside the purview of this policy.

Neither Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse nor senior officials could explain the reason for the delay in Ms Malini surrendering the Versova plot.

Ms Malini’s trust had initially demanded 1,741.89 sq m plot at Versova. The Revenue Department, through its letter dated January 3, 1997, had issued orders to Mumbai Suburban Collector to hand over the plot with a written undertaking from the trust that it will pay the total cost of the land. The possession was given to the trust in April 4, 1997. The trust even paid Rs 10 lakh on January 2, 2002.

However, the trust sought another plot as the Versova land fell in Coastal Zone Regulation area and no construction was possible. Following that, the trust sought 5,000 sq m plot at Ambivli in Andheri. State Congress President Ashok Chavan accused the BJP on Friday of violating rules.

“The government is indulging in double standards in the plot’s allocation. It had earlier said they will formulate a fresh policy on granting government land, which directly affects the State exchequer but in the case of the BJP MP, no such procedure was followed,” said Mr Chavan.



The State could not explain why 25% of total project cost was not secured




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