Bollywood’s ‘Dream Girl’ has done something that might make her the ‘Nightmare Lady’ for her party.
An RTI query has revealed that a prime 2,000-square-metre plot of land worth around Rs.50 crores was sold to the BJP MP for a meagre Rs.70,000 only – at 1976 rates.
Hema Malini was planning to set up a dance academy on the land located in the suburban upmarket Oshiwara area.
A file photo of Hema Malini.
The land, allotted to her by the Maharashtra Government exactly a month ago, is now at the centre of a controversy. The plot is said to be originally reserved for a garden.
The documents were procured under the Right to Information (RTI) by activist Anil Galgali, who accused Malini of land-grabbing.
He said that this is the second time Malini has been allotted a prime plot. “Earlier, in 1997, the (then) Shiv Sena-BJP government had given her a plot of land of 1,741 square metres, but she could not develop it due to CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) issues,” Galgali said.
This means that Malini now has two plots. Galgali says that Malini has not yet returned the earlier plot.
“Maharashtra is not a cash rich state, we have farmers committing suicides and have a debt burden of Rs.3 lakh crore. How is it public interest giving land to her at such rates?” he asked. The Mumbai Suburban collector has now asked Hema to hand over the old plot of land.
A file photo of the Oshiwara bridge on Link Road. Malini was allotted land in Oshiwara.
The Lok Sabha MP from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh talked of building Rs.18.5 crore dance academy on the plot of land.
According to government rules, anyone seeking allotment of such land needs to furnish details of at least 25 per cent of the project cost to the government. Malini has only submitted proof of Rs.3.50 crores, less than the 25 per cent.
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. It must be noted here that in 2013, when the Congress was in power in Maharashtra, the party’s Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Shukla was allotted a plot in Andheri West in a similar fashion. A controversy generated by then opposition BJP-Shiv Sena forced him to surrender it in February 2014.