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Rani duped of Rs 33 lakh in land deal

The Bollywood actress had bought a plot in the pilgrimage town of Shirdi, hoping to build a house but... Zeeshan Shaikh reports.

india Updated: Nov 15, 2007 04:09 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh
Zeeshan Shaikh
Hindustan Times

If Rani Mukherjee had succeeded in pulling off atrocious con acts as Babli in reel life, real life proved nasty when she was duped of Rs 33 lakh in a land deal in Shirdi. The actress bought a plot in the pilgrimage town, hoping to build a house but was duped into paying for land belonging to the State Farming Corporation. The plot is yet to receive the required government clearance.

The actress, who could not be contacted for comment, bought 1,100 sq mt of land near Nimgaon Korhade at Shirdi, 271 km north of Mumbai, in December 2005 from Sampat More for Rs 33 lakh.

When her father Ram applied for the inclusion of her name on the 7/12 extract (a document proving ownership), it was found that the land was conditionally leased out for tilling by the State Farming Corporation to one Raman Kshirsagar. Prior approval was needed for the land to be bought or sold.

“The corporation had given more than a hectare of agricultural land on a conditional basis to Kshirsagar in 1977. Kshirsagar sought non-agricultural status for part of the land to set up a brick kiln.

Although the status was granted, Kshirsagar carved up the land and sold it to 17 buyers instead of setting up the kiln,” said Shirdi Sub-Divisional Officer Nandkumar Suryavanshi. One of the buyers was More, who in turn sold it to Rani.

The administration has sent an inquiry notice to all 17 buyers. “As per the collector’s orders, we have sent the notices seeking an explanation on how government land was bought and why we should not reclaim it. We will also check for any further anomalies,” Suryavanshi added.

First Published: Nov 15, 2007 02:49 IST