Bollywood actor Rani Mukherji moved a petition in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court Thursday, challenging the cancellation of her ownership of a piece of land in Maharashtra. Rani's father Ram Mukherjee arrived in Aurangabad and furnished the necessary documents pertaining to the land deal before the registrar of the court.
The petition challenging the Shrirampur sub-divisional officer's (SDO) order directing her to surrender the land in Ningaonkovali village, on the border of Nasik and Ahmednagar districts, will come up for notice before the court Friday.
Nandkumar Suryavanshi, the SDO, said that earlier there was a sugar factory on the land that was subsequently closed. Since the factory had excess land, the government took it over in accordance with the Urban Land Ceiling Act (ULCA) and handed it over to the Maharashtra State Farming Corporation (MSFC).
As the land remained unused for a long time, the MSFC sold it to the original owner, a farmer who worked in a hotel in Shirdi town. From the farmer, Rani bought the plot in December 2005 for Rs.3.3 million.
However, when she applied for registration of the plot in her name, the revenue department refused permission and stressed that as it was an agriculture land, only a farmer could buy it.
The deputy collector of Ahmednagar district conducted an inquiry and Rani was asked to pay penalty for buying a farmland. Since the actress failed to pay the penalty, the Shrimanpur SDO ordered her name be deleted from the sale deed.
Suryavanshi told IANS that instead of going to the court, Rani could have availed of the options of either regularising the plot in her name at a reduced penalty or ask to reconsider the decision.
"But as per the ULCA, the penalty on her could not have been waived totally," he said.
The actor's father Ram told the media in Aurangabad that Rani did not commit any irregularity in the land purchase.
"The deal was transacted as per the laid down procedure and the payment of the stamp duty. Rani was not the first person to purchase the land - it has changed hands at least six times before Rani bought it," he said.
"The penalty imposed on her is totally unfair. Why did the objection not come up earlier? Is it because she is a celebrity, a Bollywood star? Would this ever have happened if any common man had purchased the land?" he added.
Rani Mukherjee would soon be moving Bombay HC against Ahmednagar collectorate's order to cancel her ownership of a plot.
Bollywood actress Rani Mukherjee would soon be moving Bombay High Court against Ahmednagar District collectorate's order to cancel her ownership of a plot near Shirdi due to irregularities in the deal.
"After the final hearing earlier this month, the Sub-divisional Officer (SDO), Srirampur had passed an order to cancel the name of Rani Mukherjee from the land's sale deed and took over its possession. We will move High Court against the order," Mukherjee's lawyer Nanasaheb Chaudhry said from Shirdi.
The actress is said to have paid Rs 33 lakh in December 2005 for a non-transferable farmland near Shirdi. After the purchase, Rani had paid a stamp duty of Rs 1.32 lakh for registration. But the title of the land could not be transferred to her name as it belonged to a farmer.
"We disagree with the findings of district administration. It has said that it was an agricultural land hence it was ceiling it and required special permission from the government for transferring it to a non-farmer," Mukherjee's lawyer said.
"The land, however, was already a non-agriculture land hence ceiling was not applicable under Section 47 of Ceiling Act," he further said, adding, "the issue of the said land being 'non-agricultural land' was not challenged after the Tehsildar had declared it so in 1981."
Rosaiah gets clean-chit from ACB Court on graft charges
2011/8/16 18:13:52 The Anti-Corruption Bureau Court on Tuesday gave clean chit to former chief minister K Rosaiah in the Maitrivanam land deal corruption case.
Accepting the report submitted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau officials, the ACB Court pointed out that former chief minister and officials during his tenure did not resort to any malpractices and did not show any favoritism to anybody. The ACB court could not find any evidence to build a criminal case against Rosaiah and no witnesses testified on any bribe taking by him.
However, the ACB Court stated it has found violations of the Land Acquisition Act, which is a civil matter.
The ACB booked a case against former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and 14 others in connection with a land de-notification case following a directive from the High Court based on a petition filed by an advocate Sriranga Rao.
The case was booked under provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and under Sections 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust) and 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker) of the IPC following a directive from the High Court.
It was alleged that Mr. Rosaiah had favored the TD leader G N Naidu and 13 others by de-notifying land worth 200 crore near Maithrivanam in Ameerpet by accepting a bribe.
The area of 9.14 acres was de-notified from land acquisition when Mr Rosaiah was CM, on July 15th, 2010.
In his petition, the complaint alleged that though the municipal administration department was against de-notifying the land, the then CM had recommended it and had issued GO 288 favoring the deal. (INN)
2008/2/11 19:00:22 The Eenadu chief Ramoji Rao and his son Ch. Kiron are now on bail. They have been on bail for almost three months now. The court issued an arrest warrant on Ramoji Rao and Kiron flowing a case filed by the owner of the premises on which Eenadu now stands.
The petitioner claimed that Ramoji Rao and Kiron had cheated him by forging some documents. He said that Ramoi Rao surrendered a part of the land to the government for road widening. The government gave alternate land and Ramoji Rao and Kiron got the land registered in their names.
Ramoji Rao has since refuted this. He claimed that he and his son are innocent. Ramoji Rao moved a bail petition in the High Court seeking extension of bail. The High Court directed Ramoji Rao to first surrender before the court in Visakhapatnam within the next ten day. The High Court will take up his bail petition after that.
2011/9/9 17:00:06 The Anti-Corruption Bureau Court, which gave clean chit to former chief minister K Rosaiah in the Maitrivanam land case, on Friday directed the authorities to give a copy of judgment to concerned respondents.
Dealing with a petition filed in this connection, the Special Court directed the authorities to handover a copy of verdict to concerned respondents immediately. The court later adjourned the next hearing in the case to September 26.
In its verdict, the court pointed out that former chief minister and officials during his tenure did not resort to any malpractices and did not show any favoritism to anybody.
However, the ACB Court stated it has found violations of the Land Acquisition Act, which is a civil matter.
Earlier, the ACB booked a case against former Chief Minister K. Rosaiah and 14 others in connection with a land de-notification case following a directive from the AP High Court based on a petition filed by an advocate Sriranga Rao.
The case was booked under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act and under Sections 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust) and 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker) of the IPC. (INN)
Actor and director of Jayabheri group, Murali Mohan has filed a case in the court against the acquisition of his lands. The case pertains to about 30 acres of land in Narsingi near Hydrabad. The land is proposed to be acquired by the government for the Outer Ring Road project.
Murali Mohan in his contention before the court said that the alignment of the ORR was deliberately changed in order to acquire his land. The court will give its verdict shortly.
2011/7/20 8:04:10 Media baron Ramoji Rao had to wear black face again on a land deal case. All his 3 petitions meant to prolong the land lease deal case were scrapped by 9th session court judge at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Ramoji Rao, who often slings mud against others through his powerful media network, has been illegally occupying a piece of prime land for years after the expiry of the lease deal. He took 2.78 acres of prime land on 33 years long lease from Manthena Aditya Varma in the year 1974 to establish his Eenadu news paper unit. This lease agreement was completed in year 2007, but he refuses to vacate and hand over the land to its owner Varma until now.
Ramoji Rao not only refusing to vacate the land, but he has also surrendered a piece of land from it to government for roads widening and obtained the same size of land in another area on his name as an exchange. He not even bothered to consult or take permission from the owner of the land before making this deal. This land is located in Seethammadhara area the heart of the Visakhapatnam city, from where his Eenadu Vizag edition is running now.
When, Manthena Aditya Varma fails to get possession of his site, he has complained against Ramoji Rao in 3town police station on 6.12.2007. But, even the police were afraid to take any action against the powerful and highly influenced Ramoji Rao. Hence, Varma sought the help of High Court. It has ordered the police to file an FIR against Ramoji Rao and start investigation of the case. Then only, the police have filed an FIR against Ramoji Rao (on 8.5.2010) with which Ramoji Rao is forced to step into court to counter the case. But, he is clever enough to use the loop holes in our law. He keep filing separate petitions on various reasons to prolong the case. In his petitions, he has asked the court to postpone the case as the lease documents were under mortgage with Union bank of India, Hyderabad. But, since the land owner Varma posses the copy of the lease deal, the court has scrapped Ramoji Rao’s petitions and adjourned the case to August 8th.
2011/8/25 13:37:23 Raising serious objection over Anti-Corruption Bureau Court giving clean chit to former chief minister Konejeti Rosaiah in connection with a land de-notification case at Ameerpet, lawyer Sri Ranga Rao on Thursday filed a petition seeking to open the case afresh.
Filing a petition in the ACB court, Sri Ranga Rao said the ACB court gave clean chit to Rosaiah without examining the vital documents submitted by him. Alleging that the ACB failed to conduct a proper investigation into the case, he submitted a petition for the re-opening of the case.
Sri Ranga Rao said the ACB officials submitted false reports bowing to the pressure of government and not conducted the probe in a fair manner.
The ACB Court on August 16 gave a clean chit to former chief minister K Rosaiah in the Maitrivanam land case. Accepting the Anti-Corruption Bureau's report, the ACB Court pointed out that the former chief minister and the officials during his tenure did not resort to any malpractices and did not show any favoritism to anybody.
The ACB court could not find any evidence to build a criminal case against Rosaiah, and no witnesses testified on any bribe taking by him.
Earlier, the ACB had booked a case against former Chief Minister K Rosaiah and 14 others in connection with a land de-notification case, following a directive from the High Court based on a petition filed by an advocate Sri Ranga Rao.
The case was booked under the provisions of the Prevention Of Corruption Act, and under Sections 406 (Criminal Breach of Trust) and 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker) of the IPC.
It was alleged that Rosaiah had favored TD leader G N Naidu and 13 others by de-notifying land worth Rs 200 crore near Maitrivanam in Ameerpet by accepting a bribe. The 9.14 acre area was de-notified from land acquisition when Rosaiah was CM, on 15 July 2010.
The petitioner alleged that though the municipal administration department was against de-notifying the land, the then CM had recommended it and had issued the GO 288 favoring the deal.(INN)
After the Bachchans, it's Rani Mukherjee's turn to have a brush with the law over a piece of land. The Bollywood actress lost possession of the land she had purchased near Shirdi after the Maharashtra government declared the transaction as illegal and formally took over the land.
''We had the final hearing today where it was concluded that the transaction done by Mukherjee was illegal and we have formally taken over its possession,'' Deputy District Collector, Ahmednagar, Nandkumar Suryavanshi said.
The actor, who had been served a legal notice in the case, had reportedly paid 33 lakh rupees in December 2005 for a non-transferable farmland near Shirdi.
After the purchase, Rani had paid a stamp duty of 1.32 lakh rupees for registration. But the title of the land could not be transferred to her name as it belonged to a farmer. The land was purchased in the name of Rani's father, Ram Mukherjee.
''We have conveyed to her lawyer that she could possess the land by applying for its regularisation to the Divisional Commissioner, Nashik.
If he approves the application, then the actor has to pay 75 per cent of the prevailing market value of this 11,000 square feet land,'' Suryavanshi said. According to him, Mukherjee's lawyer had not yet conveyed to him whether she would seek regularisation of the land.
''If she applies today, then the minimum amount payable would be around Rs 1.10 crore,'' he said.
2011/6/2 19:11:22 Sensuous beauty Anushka and director Rajamouli’s wife Rama were cheated by a broker who made them purchase a piece of land near Visakhapatnam city that belongs to some other person. Hence, both of they were landed in legal problems and have been receiving summons from Bhemili court. Anushka was summoned to attend the case on June 2nd but due to her busy schedule she couldn’t attend the court. Hence, the court has adjourned the case to 30th of June and asked both to attend without fail.
2011/6/14 19:51:12 Tamilnadu Chief Minister Kum Jaya Lalitha might had a sweeping victory in the Assembly Elections, but she is often facing a set back with her legal cases filed against her for possessing illegal assets.
Karnataka High Court has turned down the petition filed by her close friend Sasikala, who appeals the court to order the CBI for a fresh enquiry into the case and to re-start interrogation of all the witnesses in the case. But, the court has rejected her petition and states that the entire process is over and it can’t be restarted for anyone’s sake. The court adjourned the case to June 21st. If, the court finds Kum Jaya Lalitha guilty in this case, then the real trouble starts for her. Depending upon the court verdict, she may approach the Supreme Court, so as the case will be prolonged for few more years.
Eenadu chief Ramoji Rao and his son Ch Kiron surrendered in the three-town police station in Visakhapatnam. The surrender follows a directive given by the High Court in the land cheating case.
Ramoji Rao and Kiron are on bail for the past three months in connection with a case. The High court set the pre-condition for extending the bail.
Ramoji Rao and his son are alleged to have taken land in lieu of land surrendered for road widening in Visakhapatnam. The petitioner said that he had been cheated, as Ramoji Rao is not the owner but only a tenant. Hence he had no right to take compensation from government and then get it registered in his name.
High drama preceded the surrendered. Ramoji Rao and Kiron were ‘covered’ with the help of tow large black umbrellas. Some of the staff from his group companies formed into a shield and obstructed TV cameramen and photographers from taking pictures and video. The even used plastic chairs to block the waiting lens men from taking pictures. The TV crew had a difficult time catching them on their cameras.
2007/12/11 17:08:15 This could be the ultimate embarrassment faced by media baron Ramoji Rao in all his life. A case under section 420 has been booked against him. The case pertains to the 2.7 acres land leased out to Ramoji Rao by one M A Easwarkumar Varma.
Varma now alleges that Ramoji Rao and his son Ch Kiron, MD of Eenadu have cheated him by forging some documents. The government acquired about 570 yards of land from the site for road widening. The government gave an alternative site measuring about 600 yards.
Varma says that Ramoji Rao and his son have got the land registered in their names when it should rightfully belong to him. He approached the court and the court has now directed the police to file a case and serve notices to Ramoji Rao and Kiron under section 420 and other sections.
The bigamy case filed by Pawan Kalyan’s first wife continues to haunt him. After the family court in Visakhapatnam struck down the case for lace of evidence, Nandini has now moved the High Court. Both Pawan Kalyan and Nandini attended the court today. The family court postponed the case to the 24 of this month.
The High Court meanwhile has admitted the petition and posted it for hearing on March 10. Pawan was celebrating the dismissal of the case and making ‘Jalsa’ but the new developments come as a dampener to him. Pawan Kalyan is stated to have refused to take back Nandidni.
Pawan Kalyan performed puja at the Simhachalam temple before attending court this morning. The police provided extensive protection to both Pawan Kalyana and Nandini.
2011/11/1 20:21:24 Kolkata, Nov 1 (IANS) The Tata Motors' appeal in the Singur land case was Tuesday assigned to a new two-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court following an objection by the West Bengal government.
Chief Justice J.N. Patel sent the case to the division bench of Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghosh and Justice Mrinal Kanti Chaudhuri to hear the appeal.
Earlier Tuesday, the division bench of Justice K.J. Sengupta and Justice Joymalya Bagchi referred to the chief justice after a government counsel argued that the bench did not have the power to decide the case.
"As per the court list, this matter cannot be determined by this bench. It's our legal and moral responsibility to inform the court about this. Following our request, the bench has referred the matter to the chief justice for his view," said government counsel Ashok Banerjee.
"We do not intend to delay the matter. It was our legal obligation because if the case is determined by this bench, the legality of the judgment can be questioned later," Banerjee added.
Tata Motors Monday got the court permission to file an appeal before it against the high court's earlier ruling that upheld the government's move to return the acquired Singur land to owner farmers.
Company counsel Samaraditya Pal filed the appeal Tuesday.
Justice I.P. Mukerji Sep 28 declared the Singur land law enacted by the Mamata Banerjee-led government as constitutional and valid.
However, the company was held entitled to compensation, which was to be ascertained by district judge, Hooghly.
The automobile major had to shift its Nano small car plant to Gujarat from Hooghly district's Singur in 2008, owing to protests by farmers led by the Trinamool Congress.
The party sought the return of 400 acres taken from farmers.
Within a month of forming the government in May, Banerjee enacted the Singur land law with the objective of returning the land to farmers.
2011/8/10 18:13:31 The High Court expressed concern over the money laundering and misuse of power in respect of the illegal land transactions made during the former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime.
The High Court is also said to have expressed surprise and commented that despite so much ‘loot’ occurred involving the private properties not even a single case was filed, nor did a F I R ( First Information Report) was filed against the culprits.
C Mallesh Rao, High Court Advocate representing Minister for Textiles and Weavers’ Welfare P Shankar Rao, told media persons at the Secretariat on Wednesday that the High Court has made it clear that the ‘eyes’ of the government were shut even as the government lands were grabbed.
The Court was also of the opinion that a ‘deep’ investigation into the whole irregular land allotments/ deal was essential to get to the facts.
The Minister, who made his way to the Secretariat after long spell of absence, earlier saluted the High Court and its Judges for displaying their talent and courage for taking up the suo motu case on the strength of a mere letter filed by him in 2010, when he was not a Minister.
“I am proud of the High Court and the Judges,” Dr Shankar Rao said while recalling their services as well as those of the media persons for presenting the proceedings without bias.
At this juncture, he also recalled that he had marched forward despite receiving threatening calls only to protect the tax payers’ money and without an ulterior motive.
There was also no support from his colleagues including the Chief Minister, Dr Shankar Rao said.
Paying his tributes and regards to the High Court and Judges, the Minister maintained that the Andhra Pradesh High Court has proved to all concerned that it is the top institution in the state.
The Court also a sent clear signal that any commoner could seek justice no matter what are the implications or VVIPS involved in any criminal case.
It was also informed that the former chief minister’s son YS Jaganmohan Reddy had told the Court that 75 per cent of the Ministers who were part of his father’s Cabinet since 2004, were involved and wanted a cases framed against them.
The Minister said that it was the responsibility of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy to name all those Ministers who were part of the then YSR government.
Asked about the repercussions, the advocate clarified that a cheating case under Section 420 and another case can be filed against those held responsible in the EMAAR Properties and Jagati Publications.(INN)
2011/11/2 13:13:02 High Court has adjourned the case to November 9th filed against Kiran Kumar Reddy Government by Muthol MLA Venu Gopalachari who appeals the court to order the Government to prove its majority in the floor as it looses the confi9dence of the Assembly and fall into minority.
2011/8/24 18:12:26 The Supreme Court on Wednesday "refused to interfere with the High Court order" that directed the CBI to probe into the alleged illegal assets of Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Dismissing the Special Leave Petition filed by the Jagan Mohan Reddy, the Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice Dalveer Bhandari and Justice Deepak Verma said that it would not interfere with the Andhra Pradesh High Court's July 12th's interim order, directing the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry.
Representing Jagan Mohan Reddy, senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi questioned the jurisdiction of AP High Court to order an inquiry against him without being prima facie satisfied of the allegations against him. But the bench said that if, after the receipt of the CBI report, the high court feels that no case is made against Reddy, it will drop the case. The higher judiciary cannot be divested of their powers to direct the CBI inquiry where they feel as such, the court said.
Textiles Minister Dr P Shankar Rao filed a petition in the High Court stating that Jagan's income increased from Rs 11 lakh in 2004 to Rs 43,000 crore in 2009. He had sought a CBI inquiry into the companies that had invested in Jagan's businesses to allegedly win favours in the form of land allotments and mining leases from the then YSR government. After hearing the petition, the High Court directed the CBI to probe into the matter. Later, Jagan Mohan Reddy approached the Supreme Court seeking stay on High Court orders.
Following High Court's directions, the CBI has registered against 74 individuals and companies and conducted searches and seizures across the country. The seized documents and hard disks have already been submitted in the AP High Court and the CBI is waiting for further orders from the court to proceed with the investigations.
With the Supreme Court dismissing the petition, it appears that the Kadapa MP had no escape and will have to face the CBI probe till end. (INN)
A NRI has filed a case against Tollywood beauty Anushka and wife of director SS Rajamouli Ms.Rama in Bhemili court two months back complaining that both these persons have purchased his land (located beside Bhemili cricket stadium) from a third party who creates fake documents of his site. He told the court that the site belongs to him and is in under his possession for last several years. But, since Anushka and Ms.Rama have made claims the rights over his site, he brought this matter to court notice and sought justice for him.
Apparently, Anushka and Ms.B.Rama who seems to be cheated by the broker and third party unknowingly might have caught in this controversy. When, the Bhemili court summoned them both to attend the personally, they both filed a petition in the High Court and take permission to represent themselves by their lawyer, who in return asked the Bhemili court to postpone the trail for six weeks to enable them to go through the case. The dead line of six weeks was over on 15th of January. Therefore, their lawyer once again when appealed the court to adjourn the case for few more months, the court has postponed the case to 8th April.
2007/12/14 13:14:09 The Eenadu chief Ramoji Rao and his son Ch Kiron have sough anticipatory bail in a cheating case. The bail petition was filed in the Visakhapatnam court on Thursday. One Mr AEK Krishna Varma filed the case. The petitioner had given his land on lease to Ramoji Rao.
The Mucipal Corporation acquired about 517 yards of land for road widening. And Ramoji Rao and Ch Kiron were given 817 square yards of land as compensation. The petitioner says that Ramoji Rao and Kiron took the land by forging some documents. He was also kept in the dark about the compensation given by the municipal corporation.
2010/10/27 19:58:36 Power Star Pawan Kalyan has received summons from Muncif Court, Vanaparthi of Mehboobnagar district asking him to attend personally or represent himself with his lawyer regarding a case filed against him by a local congress leader. During the last general elections, Pawan Kalyan has used abusive language against some congress leaders to win the hearts of Hyderabadi voters. Then, the case was filed against him at Vanaparthi for which Pawan Kalyan has refused to attend because the case has nothing do with Vanaparthi court and he is willing to face the trial at High Court. He appealed the same with High Court. But, since he never turned up again the High Court has dismissed his plea. Therefore, Vanaparthi court once again recently sent him summons asking him to attend the court. Now, it becomes necessary for him either to attend the court or to represent himself with a lawyer otherwise he may be served a non bailable warrant.