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Thursday, November 15, 2007
Strange are the ways of Bollywood. First it was Aamir who played the reel-life farmer, then came the Big B who claimed that he was a real-life farmer. And now, it"s the turn of none other than the Queen Bee rani mukherjee who has been embroiled into a government land deal of the farmers.
The story goes so far. In December 2005, Rani had bought a plot measuring 1,100 sq mt of land near Nimgaon Korhade in Shirdi town, with the hope that she will build a house there. She purchased it from a certain Sampat More for Rs 33 lakh. But, to her shock, she learnt that she was duped into paying for land belonging to the State Farming Corporation, which is yet to receive the required government clearance.
The scam came in the limelight only after her father Ram applied for the addition of her name on the 7/12 extract (a document proving ownership). Later, they found that the said land was conditionally leased out for tilling by the State Farming Corporation to a certain Raman Kshirsagar, and that the land can be neither bought nor sold without prior approval. Kshirsagar carved up the land on the pretext of making a kiln, and eventually, sold it to 17 buyers instead of setting up the kiln. Sampat More happened to be one of the 17 buyers, who later went on to sell the same to rani mukherjee. The administration has sent an inquiry notice to all 17 buyers.