Hema Malini accused of ‘land-grabbing’ for dance school in Mumbai

Hema Malini was reportedly allotted the plot worth crores of rupees for a paltry Rs.70,000

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: January 29, 2016 11:00 am
Hema Malini, Hema Malini culture centre, BJP, BJP Hema Malini , Natyavihar Kala Kendra Charitable Trust, mumbai news The Maharashtra govt had allotted a prime 2,000-sq-m plot to Hema Malini in the suburban Oshiwara area for her proposed dance academy

Bollywood dreamgirl Hema Malini’s plans to start a dance academy on a plot of land in Mumbai’s Andheri area hit a roadblock on Thursday, as an RTI activist accused her of land-grabbing.

Exactly a month ago, the Maharashtra government had allotted a prime 2,000-square-metre plot to the Bharatiya Janata Party Lok Sabha member in the suburban upmarket Oshiwara area for her proposed dance academy.

According to documents procured under the Right to Information (RTI) by activist Anil Galgali, Hema Malini was allotted the plot worth crores of rupees for a paltry Rs.70,000.

“Not only that, this is the second time Hema Malini has been allotted a prime plot in the Mumbai suburbs. Earlier, in 1997, the (then) Shiv Sena-BJP government had given her a plot of land, but she could not develop it due to CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) issues,” Galgali told IANS.

He claimed that though Hema Malini has not yet returned the earlier plot, the current government has allotted her another plot.

Interestingly, Congress Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla was allotted a plot in Andheri West, but following a controversy generated by then opposition BJP-Shiv Sena, he was forced to surrender it in February 2014 — just before the Lok Sabha elections.

The details of the allotment to Hema Malini from the Mumbai Suburban District Collectorate showed that she was given the land at only Rs.35 per square metre.

Moreover, she was allotted another plot of 1,741 square metres in the same locality in April 1997 for Rs.10 lakh, but since it fell partly under CRZ, she never developed it, nor did she raise 25 percent of the project cost, but continues to retain that plot, Galgali said.

In the new allotment, the Hema Malini Dance Academy’s cultural complex project is expected to cost around Rs.18.49 crore for which she is yet to submit proof of availability of 25 percent funds and resources to raise the balance 75 percent.

The RTI reply said the academy has only around Rs.3.5 crore — less than the 25 percent minimum requirement, and it was unclear about the balance 75 percent.

Galgali has shot off a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis pointing out the governement’s ‘benevolence’ to Hema Malini, and how it was flouting the state’s policy of taking back reserved land given to various organisations, but allotting a plot reserved for a garden to the BJP MP for her dance academy.

When Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse made the allotment on December 29, 2015, Hema had said how the matter had been buried in bureaucratic red tape for 20 years, but the new government expedited it in record time.

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    Haradhan Mandal
    Jan 29, 2016 at 6:39 am
    'India' is not INTOLERANT (of corruption) . IT depend on what is his/her name , who is the beneficiary - from which party! But this India needs apostrophe.
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      A.n. Saripalli
      Feb 2, 2016 at 4:05 am
      If people in power or who can influence change stop for a minute to ponder about what Mahatma hiji said "Before you do anything think how what you do will change the life of the most downtrodden". In this case if the dance school intends to spot talent among the very poor and will change their life, then may be it's worth it. Even then when governments fail to address critical issues of the poor like health, education, housing, sanitation etc such generosities are highly immoral and unethical. Even if so, why not a fixed period of lease with land reverting back to the state. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and the responses of those in power smack of arrogance. Such controversies can be avoided if government shows the will to set up a LAND EXCHANGE and all private land traded only in DEMAT form that will ensure transparency and more importantly curb corruption and black money. Finally the right approach should be that before governments are approached for allocation of land, funds must be raised for the project through personal fund raising programs so that they can offer the governments ruling market rates for the land. In that event they can hold their heads high, save their face and stay clear of controversy. Otherwise it's just "nautanki" as what you get to see in reel is not so in real.
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        arc
        Jan 29, 2016 at 9:16 am
        Practically free land for what services rendered? RSS not interested in girls/women. modi is Microsoft. So who got the services?
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          Lal bahadur
          Apr 16, 2016 at 7:09 am
          Very good misuse of power by bjp once again 70crs worth of plot given for just 1 lakh wow.....and the poor's are dying to have 1 time meal...and here madam is trying to teach bharat natyam....very good mam what a brilliant worku have done and its adorable.....
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            Imran
            Jan 29, 2016 at 11:20 am
            here comes paid goon Rajesh or whatever the real name is. Paid guys like him need to be filtered when citizens are having a discussion.
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              JM
              Jan 29, 2016 at 10:08 pm
              bjp can do anything. When they do a corrupt act, they persume it was for nation's development. It's like cat drinking milk with closed eyes thinking no one knows what it's doing. Hemamalini is going to start a dance cl for fadnavis.
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              Kabir
              Jan 29, 2016 at 9:09 am
              in India there is nothing called government land. All the lands belong to sc/st/obc which beaurocracy has grabbed in the name of government. Return all the lands aquired from sc/st/obc then talk about reservation.
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                kamath Ramesh
                Jan 29, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                Some times the report gives one side of the story or half truth. By giving wrong captions news are made sensational misleading the reader with a clear intention of defaming the govt and beneficiary. Report hides the fact that the land was allotted and not handed over pending her handing over the earlier land and submitting the details of funding. If the govt wanted to be benevolent, it would have given the possession without following the due process of law. Instead the law is taking its own course. As far as the question of land being given at throw away price, the said land is given in lieu of the land given earlier, which could not be developed due to its location under CRZ. If the land given to Hema illegal why anyone is not filing the PIL to penalize the govt. Would congress has kept quiet if there is any malpractice has happened
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