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Pay Rs 1 crore for land, court tells Rani

The Bollywood actress will have to pay Rs 1.2 crore to the government if she wants to get back the 1,100-sq-metre plot at Shirdi’s Nimgaon Korhade she had purchased two years ago, reports Zeeshan Shaikh.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2008 06:01 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times

Actor Rani Mukherjee will have to pay Rs 1.2 crore to the government if she wants to get back the 1,100-sq-metre plot at Shirdi’s Nimgaon Korhade she had purchased two years ago.

The actor and 16 others had been duped into buying land that belonged to the state government. “We have found that Rani Mukherjee and 16 others bought the land without getting the requisite government clearance and without paying the stipulated revenue to the government. We have ordered that the land in question be reclaimed,” said Sub-Divisional Magistrate Nandkumar Suryavanshi in a hearing at Shrirampur on Thursday.

Suryavanshi has also recommended that the 17 owners pay a fine of Rs 4.83 crore, which is 75 per cent of the 5,800 sq m existing market rate.

The 17 people will have to pay the fine in accordance with their land holdings in case they want to gain ownership of the land. The land will otherwise remain in the government’s possession.

They will also have to submit applications for the regularisation process of the agricultural land.

Through the regularisation process the individuals will be able to get genuine non-agricultural certificates, which is a prerequisite for any development on the land.

The actor had bought 1,100 sq-metre of land near Nimgaon Korhade at Shirdi, 271 kms north of Mumbai, in December 2005 from Sampat More for Rs 33 lakh.

When the actor’s father Ram Mukherjee sent an application for noting of Rani’s name on the land record (7/12 extract), he found that the State Farming Corporation has conditionally leased out the land for tilling to Raman Kshirsagar and could not be bought or sold without prior government’s approval.

“The Corporation had given over a hectare of agricultural land on a conditional basis to Raman Kshirsagar in 1977. Kshirsagar sought non-agricultural (NA) status for a part of this land to set up a brick kiln. The NA status was granted; however, Kshirsagar instead of setting up the brick klin sold of the land to 17 buyers,” Shirdi’s sub-divisional officer Suryavanshi said.

One of the buyers of the plot was Sampat More, who in turn sold it to the actor. The case came to light last month and the administration sent show cause notices to all the 17 buyers, including Rani Mukherjee.

“Rani Mukherjee who owns 1,100 sq-metre will have to pay a fine between Rs 80 lakh to 1.2 crore to reclaim the land. However, the exact amount will be stipulated by the region’s revenue commissioner,” Suryavanshi said.

Rani Mukherjee’s counsel Nanasaheb Chaudhary said they would take a decision on their future course of action in the next few days.