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04-07-2012, 08:46 PM #1
Subhash Ghai feels cheated by Maharashtra government
In a setback to filmmaker Subhash Ghai, the Supreme Court Wednesday dismissed an appeal by his Mukta Arts Ltd challenging a Bombay High Court verdict cancelling the allotment of 20 acres of land in Goregaon for his film academy.
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who was directed by the Supreme Court to return 21 acres of land allocated to him by the Maharashtra government for his film institution, said he has been 'cheated' over the issue.
"We feel cheated by Government of Maharashtra when we are told, after ten years of setting up Whistling Woods at a cost of Rs.75 crore, that our joint venture agreement since year 2000 is not valid," Ghai said Friday in a statement here.
He said the reason given (for the cancellation) was because of a government error that a board resolution was not passed and land was undervalued.
"What is our fault? They gave the agreement to us signed by the then MD, cultural secretary and minister of culture to have a partnership in Whistling Woods Ltd with share equity and we invested Rs.20 crore to begin with," Ghai said
The Bombay High Court in February asked Ghai to hand over the land allocated to him for his film academy Whistling Woods. The Bombay High Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that was filed by Rajendra Sontakke and four other agriculturists from Latur and Osmanabad districts in connection to the case.
The court directed him to return 14.5 acre acres of open land that was allotted to him. It asked him to return the remaining 5.5 acres of land on which the institute has been built by July 31, 2014. Ghai later appealed to the Supreme Court against the ruling given by the Bombay High Court.