Hema Malini got Rs 70 crore land for Rs 1.75 lakh, reveals RTI query

Documents accessed by RTI activist Anil Galgali show the government has allotted a 2,000 square metre prime plot to the BJP Lok Sabha for Rs 87.50 per square metre for construction of a dance academy.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Published:April 23, 2016 6:10 pm
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Bollywood actress and lawmaker Hema Malini has been alloted land worth Rs 70 crore for just Rs 1.75 lakh for a dance academy in upmarket Oshiwara in Mumbai under a revised policy of Maharashtra government, an RTI query has revealed.

Documents accessed by RTI activist Anil Galgali from the Suburban Collector’s office shows the government has allotted a 2,000 square metre prime plot to the BJP Lok Sabha MP for Rs 1.75 lakh at a rate of Rs 87.50 per square metre for construction of a dance academy.

An RTI plea filed earlier by Galgali had revealed the actress was allotted the land at a rate of Rs 35 per square metre (costing Rs 70,000). After the issue generated a controversy in February this year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis ordered a revision of the policy of allotting land to private trusts and artists.

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Since Malini, a trained Bharatnatyam dancer, has already paid Rs 10 lakh as advance, the government would have to refund her the outstanding Rs 8.25 lakh, said Galgali.

“This would be a major embarrassment for the government,” he said.

When contacted, Mumbai Suburban Collector Shekhar Channe said, “Yes, we would have to return money to her. However, the money would be returned only if the government orders us to do so.”

“The land having a market value of Rs 70 crore has been given to Hema Maliniji for a paltry Rs 1.75 lakh. The state government would have to return Rs 8.75 lakh to her as she gave Rs 10 lakh as advance in 1997,” he said.

Galgali had sought information from the Collector’s office regarding the rate at which the land has been given to the actress-politician for the institute.

According to the documents, the land in question is reserved for a garden, and allotment has been done on the basis of valuation prevailing as on February 1, 1976, which was Rs 350 per square metre.

“Since a government resolution stipulates that the land allotment in such cases would be done at 25 per cent of the valuation, Hema Malini has got the prime piece of land at the one fourth of Rs 350 per square metre – that is Rs 87.50 per square metre,” said Galgali.

Malini in the past has refuted allegations of favouritism and land grabbing, saying she had struggled for 20 years to get the plot.

“I am getting 2,000 square metre of land for a dance institute to be built by Natyavihar Kalakendra Charity Trust (headed by her). I will have to develop a garden (on a piece of land which is not part of the academy) and give it to the BMC,” she had earlier said.

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    Pradeep V
    May 27, 2017 at 5:16 pm
    The law should act.
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      Kaushal Adhikari
      Apr 24, 2016 at 5:21 am
      Who ever is in power rewards its stogies either Congress, BJP etc. We are all sucked in this quagmire of corruption and looting by the politician and power brokers and there will be no end to it. Each corruption and mismanagement of public fund makes a headline for few days and then it is brushed under the carpet as we then have a new case of public looting and on and on.
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        Lalgulabi
        Apr 24, 2016 at 1:04 am
        Crooked criminal lady
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          Maniktripathy
          Apr 23, 2016 at 1:10 pm
          Wow..Aache din for crooks and chronies....dian changing, yeah for same....
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            MyTake
            Apr 23, 2016 at 8:40 pm
            Does the RTI reveal if the Dance Academy will Benefit the public or private individuals? If it benefits public it should have been given free so talents are put to better use to benefit the people!
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              Pat
              Apr 23, 2016 at 4:24 pm
              Who wants to learn dancing from this crook. . This woman has no budi, shameless return public land . You have ni charm in attracting with your evil hand.
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                Saurabh
                Apr 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm
                All chaddis
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                  Saurabh
                  Apr 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm
                  Kent RO dete hai sabse suddh pani, aur fadnavees dete hai sabse saste plots.
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