Hema Malini accused of destroying mangroves


After ‘land-grabbing’ accusation, veteran actor and politician Hema Malini has been now under fire for destroying mangroves on a plot allotted to her in the 1990s.

"She had even made a payment of Rs.10 lakh, showed a bank balance of Rs.22.5 lakh in the accounts of Samta Sahkari Bank Ltd. and given a project cost estimate of Rs.3.7 crore," Galgali said.

Quoting an RTI reply provided by the Mumbai Suburban District Collectorate, activist Anil Galgali on Tuesday said the actress was allotted a plot measuring 1,741.89 square metres in Versova village and possession was granted on April 4, 1997.

"She had even made a payment of Rs.10 lakh, showed a bank balance of Rs.22.5 lakh in the accounts of Samta Sahkari Bank Ltd. and given a project cost estimate of Rs.3.7 crore," Galgali said.

The notice sought a reply from the trust within 10 days, but there was no response till date, Galgali said.

"Despite such glaring facts on record, the present government has ignored the previous violations, overlooked past records of mangrove destruction on which no action was taken and yet given her another plot in lieu of the earlier allotment, this time a bigger, reserved plot, measuring around 2,000 square metres for a paltry Rs.70,000," Galgali told IANS.

Defending the ‘land grabbing’ accusation, on Monday, Hema Malini claimed that all rules and regulations were duly followed by the state government in making the land allotment to her Natyavihar Kala Kendra Charitable Trust.

 "I have struggled for 20 years for this plot. It's my right. In the past, all were willing to give me the land, but there were some or other issues and it did not materialise," Hema told media persons.

 "I ran from pillar to post for this. It's not been easy. The government has given it to me, I have not gone and grabbed it," she countered on the 'land-grabbing' allegations.