Dilip Kumar wins Pali Hill property battle, court asks to deposit 20 crore


The Court has finally given its verdict in favour of veteran actor Dilip Kumar and the 94-year old actor has won the long Pali Hill property battle. He was asked to deposit a sum of Rs 20 crore with its registry as part payment to a Mumbai-based real estate firm with whom he has entered into the agreement to develop his prime Pali Hill property which never took place.

In 2006, Dilip Kumar entered into the agreement with Prajita Developers Pvt Ltd for developing his property, measuring 2412 square yards but no construction took place. Years back the actor moved the court against the developer and on Wednesday SC given verdict in favour of the actor and has returned the possession to Dilip Kumar.

The quarrel started when no construction happened and the veteran actor wanted back the plot whose possession was with the firm.

A bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar asked the Bollywood actor to deposit the amount in the form of demand draft within four weeks and inform the firm.

"Upon the receipt of such intimation, Prajita shall withdraw all the security personnel deployed by it and hand over possession of the property in question within a period of seven days from the date of the receipt of the above-mentioned intimation to the appellant in the presence of Commissioner of Police, Mumbai or any other senior police officer subordinate to the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai to be nominated by the Commissioner of Police. 

 "The Commissioner of Police or his nominee shall draw a Panchnama of the fact of the handing over of the property by Prajita to the appellant and file the same in the Registry of this Court within a week from the date of the handing over of the possession.

"Upon the filing of the Panchnama, Prajita shall be at liberty to withdraw the amount of Rs 20 crore deposited by the appellant pursuant to this order," the bench, also comprising Justice S Abdul Nazeer, said. 

"The background of the facts and circumstances of the case whether Prajita would be entitled for any damages apart from receiving the above-mentioned amount of Rs 20 crore from the appellant is a matter which requires some examination. We therefore, deem it appropriate to refer the said question for resolution by arbitration between the appellant and Prajita," the bench said.

Due to old age related disease, Dilip Kumar has been in and out of hospital since past few years.