BJP seeks CBI probe into land plots to Mukta Arts
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 19:11
Mumbai: BJP on Sunday demanded a CBI probe into lands alloted to Mukta Arts, founded and chaired by filmmaker Subhash Ghai, allegedly at throwaway prices by ruling Congress governments in three states, including Maharashtra.

In its recent order, the Bombay High Court has asked the Whistling Woods International (WWI) to surrender to Maharashtra government 14.5 acres out of 20 acres of land which is currently not in use. The court has stayed its order for a period of eight weeks.

WWI is the joint venture between Mukta Arts, founded by Ghai, and Filmcity Mumbai.

"We want CBI investigation about the land allotments (made) to Mukta Arts at various places. At least three states where Congress is in power have allotted lands to the Mukta Arts at throwaway prices," party secretary Kirit Somaiya alleged in a press conference here.

"It is not only the case of Goregaon (in Mumbai) where the land has been allotted in a scandalous manner. Mukta Arts has been allotted lands in a similar fashion in Hyderabad, near Delhi and also they are in process of doing so in Jaipur. Huge tracts of lands have been allotted at the rates tad lower than the prevailing market prices," he alleged.

Without naming anyone, Somaiya said, “there is somebody who has a financial interest in Mukta Arts Ltd....A person who is well connected with the party high command".

Reacting to the HC's order which censured Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh for allotting the state government's 20-acre plot to Mukta Arts during his tenure as chief minister, Somaiya said, "It is understood that the Centre would never remove Deshmukh from his post".

The BJP secretary also accused chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Haryana of being involved in the land dealings to favour Mukta Arts.

Mukta Arts could not be reached for comments.


First Published: Sunday, February 12, 2012, 19:11

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