An Actress-turned-MP Hema Malini had denied accepting the land allotted to her by a state government in suburban Andheri for the dance academy.
Reports of allotment of a prime piece of land to BJP MP had kicked up a row earlier this year.
Mumbai: The Maharashtra government today informed that the Bombay High Court that actress-turned-MP Hema Malini had denied accepting the land allotted to her by a state government in suburban Andheri for the dance academy.
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Following the statement, a bench headed by the Chief Justice Manjula Chellur disposed of a public interest litigation filed by the former journalist Ketan Tirodkar which had challenged the allotment to the actress at a nominal rate.
Reports of allotment of a prime piece of land to the BJP MP had kicked up a row earlier this year.
Nothing survived in the PIL in view of a statement made by the government pleader Priyabushan Kakade that the actress had declined to accept such offer, said the judges.
However, the court gave liberty to Mr. Tirodkar to file a fresh petition if it came to his notice that actress had, after all, got the land.
Petitioner’s lawyer Sadhana Kumar said as per information obtained under Right to Information Act, a piece of land in suburban Andheri was allotted to the actress at a very low rate. As this information was in the public domain, the petition must be heard, notwithstanding the government’s today’s statement.
However, the court said the “cause of action” no longer survived.
Mr. Tirodkar had alleged that the allotment was arbitrary & several past judgments of the High Courts and the Supreme Court had said that public property cannot be allotted by the state without issuing an advertisement inviting applications.
The academy run by the Hema Malini had first got a land in Versova, but it fell under coastal regulation zone (CRZ), so she asked for an alternative land. In December 2015, BJP-headed Maharashtra government allotted 2,000 sq meters of land to her for just Rs. 70,000.