A month after the BJP-led government in Maharashtra announced allotment of a prime piece of land in Mumbai to actress and MP Hema Malini for a dance academy, an RTI activist has claimed the plot valued in crores is being given to her for a mere Rs 70,000.
This is the second instance when the BJP MP from Mathura has been allotted a plot in the financial capital and she remains in possession of the earlier one, activist Anil Galgali claimed on Thursday.
Phone calls made to the actress-politician went unanswered.
Galgali claimed that according to the documents obtained by him, the actress has been allotted the land, measuring 2,000 sq mt and located in suburban Oshiwara, at rate of Rs 35 per square metre (total Rs 70,000) by the Mumbai Suburban District Collectorate.
"I have written a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and pointed out how his government was being so kind to give a plot at a throw-away price which is against the policy of his own government," Galgali said.
The plot was originally reserved for a garden, but "conveniently it was handed over to a BJP MP for her dance academy", he alleged.
"File notings received under the RTI also show this is the second time she has been allotted a prime plot in Mumbai," Galgali alleged.
"In 1997, Shiv Gena-BJP government had given Hema Malini a plot of land, but she could not develop it due to CRZ (Coastal Regulation Zone) issues but did not bother to return the land to the government," he claimed.
The government should charge her the rate (for the current land) as per the ready reckoner and ask her to return the earlier plot, he said.
The ready reckoner rate is an annual statement of property rates based on which the government collects stamp duty from buyers. It is the basis for calculation of market value of flats for stamp duty and registration charges.