Land grabbing controversy: Defiant Hema Malini says it’s her right to have ‘this land’


Dream girl fame Bollywood actor and BJP MP Hema Malini Monday admitted the charge that she had been given huge piece of land in posh area of Mumbai for next-t0-nothing rate, but rejected the charges of land grabbing.

Breaking her silence on the issue, the BJP MP said that she would be making all payments according to law only after she got the land.

Speaking to reporters, Hema Malini 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 dance academy she will build there will be a “pride of the area”, where children will be taught or free, she said.

An RTI reply had revealed how the state government gave land in Mumbai’s Andheri area worth crores of rupees to the actress-turned politician and BJP MP Hema Malini for just Rs 70,000.

The Maharashtra government in December had allotted a prime 2,000-square-metre plot to the BJP Lok Sabha MP in the suburban upmarket Oshiwara area for her proposed dance academy.

But the documents obtained through an RTI reply by activist Anil Galgali, revealed that 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 said.