Bollywood actress and BJP MP Hema Malini has been alloted land worth Rs 70 crore for just Rs 1.75 lakh for a dance academy in posh Oshiwara in Mumbai under a revised policy of Maharashtra government, PTI reported quoting an RTI reply.
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).
Faced with an widespread outrage and controversy, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered a revision of the policy of allotting land to private trusts and artists.
The RTI activist said, “This would be a major embarrassment for the government.”
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.”
Reacting to earlier story, Hema Malini had said that it was her right to have that land.
She had said, “I’m not grabbing some land. I have struggled for 20 years. It is my right to have this land. I don’t even know how much I have to pay. I’ll pay according to law.”
The land allotted to the actor 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.