Citizens' Issues
Citizens fleeced at Toll Nakas due to under reporting of vehicles paying toll
RTI activists have procured shocking information which shows that private contractors in charge of maintenance and operations of highways and expressway are extending their toll collection and bagging illegal profits. An interview with Shirodkar: 
 
Moneylife: The issue of toll charges in Maharashtra is a controversial one and you have been pursuing it meticulously through RTI? What has been the objective?
 
Sanjay Shirodkar: Time and again, documents that we have procured have shown that our hard earned money is being wasted as instead of our toll money being used for betterment of infrastructure which will make India a better country to live, is being siphoned out at various levels under the name of development of “Better Infrastructure”.
 
ML: How serious is the issue? 
 
Shirodkar: Transport community is badly hit by this. Just 10-15 years back there was no toll for most of the roads and today most of the National Highways are covered under Toll Scheme. In India there are 374 toll plazas on national highways as of today.
 
Toll has become the second largest expense of the transport community only after fuel. There are around 1 crore truck and buses are registered in India. Each national permit truck on an average pays around 4 to 5 lakh per year against toll. However, the money earned from toll is not reflecting in any of the state or central budget. 
 
Also, toll collection system is acting as an impediment to moving traffic. Despite having better roads our average usage of truck is remaining same whereas our expenses have gone up reducing their margins to all time low. A report by TCI & IIM Kolkata says “the slow truck speeds on highways and delays at toll plazas cost the country about rs.60000 crore a year.”  
 
Most importantly, the way accounts are maintained for collection of money is scandalous. Because of under reporting in number of vehicles paying toll, concessionaires are getting extended contracts to collect toll to recover their cost. In reality a road cost, which can be recovered in five years only because of under reporting, is shown as recoverable in twenty years.
 
ML: Could you elaborate on the issue of under reporting?
 
Shirodkar: On one side you see that annually there is 10% growth in number of vehicles getting registered in India but on the other side number of vehicles paying toll on highways either are remaining same or surprisingly reducing on some toll roads. And paradoxically NHAI is planning road expansion from four lanes to six lanes giving reasons that we need wider roads because traffic has increased. 
 
Even Government Audit departments have taken objection over the years about many irregularities in toll collection, traffic census, car per unit, toll calculation formula and toll rate hike. Stark examples of these are the current toll collection projects like Mumbai Entry Points, Mumbai Pune Expressway & Satara Kagal on NH4.
  
To make you more aware that in Maharashtra we have maximum number of toll plazas in the country (43) on national highways, costliest toll rates, costliest project cost with zero user facilities and shabby, pathetic & unsafe road conditions as compare to other states. You can compare Satara-Kagal project from Maharashtra and Kagal-Belgaum project from Karnataka to have an Idea.
 
Also, commuters have also been slapped with CESS on diesel and petrol besides toll.
 
ML: You also mentioned that the `Satara – Kagal project on NH 4 in Maharashtra is incomplete. Could you elaborate?
 
Shirodkar: Please note the following shocking details that we procured under RTI:
 
1. No Final Completion Certificate:- Till date this project has not been issued a Final Completion Certificate by any competent authority. (3,500 days are over in last 10 years) This is a clear cut violation of clauses 6.1 (b), 16.4, 16.5 & 32.2 mentioned in Concession Agreement signed between NHAI and MSRDC dated 4th January 2002. In spite of all these violations, Project and Toll collection is still on. I have attached copies of provisional completion certificates issued in 2005 and 2006. (attached Annex I images 4)
 
2. Illegal collection: - As a result of this, toll collection done in this project after provisional certificate expiry in 2006 (120 + 180 days) till date turns illegal.
 
3. No increase in Traffic for 10 Years:- Details of traffic census and average daily traffic published by MSRDC through the contractor, Raima Manpower Consultancy (Sept 2014), survey copy of year 2003 does not show any increase in vehicular traffic on this project highway during 2003 – 2005 – 2015 (average 10000 vehicles per day). In each such project average 5% increase per year in vehicle traffic is considered. So from 2005 by now the traffic count should have been double in 2015. (attached  Annex II images 3)
 
 
4. Actual Survey shows much higher traffic:- The survey by AJS Scale International done in Jan-Feb 2014 shows that the actual vehicle traffic was increased (25000 vehicles per day). But this was not considered anywhere not even in the current tender (2014-2016). This shows the amount of under reporting of vehicle traffic and as a result toll collection figures are happening in this project. (attached Annex III images 4)
  
On Vehicular growth in India vis-a-vis very exceptional case on Satara - Kagal road. Whereas a Survey done by AJS Scale International had indicated that vehicular growth on this particular road is around 10% Year on Year.
 
5. Discrepancy in Collection figures shown by Toll operator, MSRDC and NHAI:- Total toll collected till July 2015 published by MSRDC on their website was Rs.687 Crore & Rs.719 Crore. We could see no consistency in these figures either. Total toll collected figures till March 2014 provided by NHAI under RTI were Rs.885 Crore and Statement submitted by Konark Infrastructure, the toll collecting agency in their O & m report to NHAI which is published on NHAI website shown Rs601 Crore from 2005 to 2014. Here also we could see no consistency in these figures.  Difference of Rs.284 Crore in two statements for the same period is pretty serious. More over MSRDC July 2015 figure is very much less than NHAI 2014 figures. Considering this kind of under reporting in vehicle growth, I fear there was a loss of more than Rs.700 Crore to exchequer.  And it is continued. (attached  Annex V images 2)
 
The following table clearly shows the discrepancy in collection figures:
 
 
Latest example of under reporting. Following figures are for October 2015 published by MSRDC on their website. (attached Annex VIII images 4)
 

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Param

7 months ago

i would like to understand if these contracts are fixed-bid or cost-plus. in case toll collection is less than expected, can the contractor go back to govt & seek refund? if not, why should we expect the reverse?

Sanjay Sinvhal

10 months ago

Hi. Mumbai Toll naka have stopped giving Printed rxpts with Serial Number. Now they are issuing Rxpts printed on Thermal paper with No serial number. Thus, one can't make out as to how many Rxpts were issues. Also Thermal paper fades over few days. So no proof is available that one has paid toll. This is new method of hiding underreporting. Now toll nakas can claim any amount of Rxpts issued as no serial number is printed or can be monitored during checks. Pl take up this matter urgently.

Sunil Rebello

10 months ago

Our Dear FM says he is targeting the subsidy disbursement to see that the correct money reaches the deserving people.
i wait to see when our Government will tackle this robbing every citizen of India - who is affected by the TOLL SCAM.
hope our PM is also listening

Sudharshan Katipally

10 months ago

Thank you for bringing out this day light robbery from general public hard earned money. This is mostly neglected/unnoticed, we are already paying very high road tax and these toll fees are ridiculosly priced and when we come to know that this is not reaching into public funds is really painful and shame on the govt. This should not be taken light, culprits behind this must be penalised and this must be stopped at any case.

Public Interest Exclusive
Land worth crores allotted to Hema Malini, for just Rs70,000
Like Congress MP and IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla, Hema Malini seems to have benefited as a politician. Shukla had returned the land. Will Hema Malini follow his example? 
 
A beneficial government can work wonders. This can be seen from a 2,000 sq mtrs land allotment in Oshiwara for facilitating a Dance Academy of BJP MP Hema Malini. It has now come to light through the replies received by RTI activist Anil Galgali that, the land admeasuring 2,000 Sq Mtrs has been allotted to the BJP MP and yester year actress Hema Malini for a pittance Rs70,000/= (@ Rs35/= per Sq Mtrs) for a land currently valued in crores. Earlier, Congress MP and current IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla too had been a similar beneficiary and the issue had generated enough heat forcing the Shukla family controlled BAG company to return the allotted plot. Another interesting twist to the Hema issue is that, she has yet to fulfil the financial compliances and also return a previously allotted land.
 
RTI activist Anil Galgali had sought information from the Mumbai Suburban Collector regarding the allotment of plot for a Dance Academy to BJP MP Hema Malini. The information provided by the Collector, MSD is shocking. The land allotted is situated in Ambivili at Andheri taluka and is reserved for Gardens, also the land has been allotted at a pittance of just Rs35 per Sq Mtrs. The allotment executed in 2016 has been done on the rate of valuation based on 1/2/1976, which was Rs140 per sq mtrs. The land allotment has been done at the 25% rate of Rs140/=, which works out to Rs35/- per Sq Mtrs. Previously, Hema Malini was allotted a land at Versova village of the same Andheri taluka on 4/4/1997 for which a payment of Rs10 lakhs was made. But, since a portion of that land was effected with CRZ regulations, Hema Malini had not undertaken any construction on the land. Also, as per the terms of that agreement, Hema Malini was supposed to raise 25% of that project cost, which was never done till date. In spite of the track record, the state government acted benevolently and allotted an alternative land for her.
 
How was the land allotted?
The Hema Malini Dance Academy vide their letter dt 6/7/2007 addressed to the government sought alternative land against the CRZ effected Versova land. It asked the government to allot 2,000 Sq mtrs of the reserved land for Dance Academy and proposed to develop a garden on the remaining land by its own trust, which was accepted by the government on 30/7/2010. Some further information sought by the government was never satisfactorily complied with. The government allotted 2,000 Sq Mtrs from a total land admeasuring 29,360.50 Sq Mtrs reserved for Gardens purpose and situated in Survey no 109 A/1, CTS no 3, village Ambivili, Taluka Andheri on 23rd December 2015 in an order issued by Dy Secretary Madhav Kale. Also, it has come to light that the whole issue of land allotment got motion after a meeting chaired by the Principal Secretary (Revenue) was held on 19th December 2015 leading to the allotment of land for a pittance amount of just Rs70 thousand for a plot worth crores restored for the Hema Malini Dance Academy. Furthermore, the Mumbai Suburban collectors office in its letter addressed to BJP Loksabha MP Hema Malini dt 15/1/2016 requested some documents and some more compliances. It seems that Hema Malini had personally visited the plot on 14/8/2015 and after that only the process got initiated, culminating to allotment.
 
# Financial compliance not in place.
 
The Hema Malini Dance Academy's project of cultural complex is proposed to cost Rs18 crores 48 lakhs 94 thousand 500 and as per instructions it has to submit a certificate stating that 25% of funds are available with it and also how is it going to raise the balance 75% of the funds required? The Academy in its response has intimated that it has Rs3.50 crores available with it and the balance is proposed to be raised through bank loans. The reply certifies that the Academy lacks the required 25% finance with it and also is not clear about its funds for the balance 75%.
 
In a letter addressed to CM Devendra Fadnavis, Anil Galgali had questioned that, at one end the BJP government is talking of taking back the reserved lands allotted to  various organizations and on the other hand is allotting a prime land, reserved for Gardens purpose to its MP Hema Malini and allowing construction on it for a Dance Academy. Galgali stated that the over eagerness is suspicious?  He further expressed surprise on the intentions of the Government to allot land on the basis of rates in 1976 rather than the current ready reckoner rates. He finally stated that the government should itself develop such cultural complex, instead of handing over prime plots to private organizations due to which the government's will be saved from wasting its efforts to recover such allotted lands at a later date.

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Vijay Kumbhar

10 months ago

In similar case ( PIL No 102/2001) the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) was compelled to stop distributing its public properties at throwaway price to chosen few politicians and their keens. My fight to protect public properties ultimately led to formation of a rational policy for utilization of thousands of these properties. Now, the properties in PMC are leased only on the basis of public tenders.

NANDAKUMAR M S

10 months ago

The Government should make it a rule that whenever such allotment is contemplated the total document should be made public and only when no opposition is there it should go ahead. And this should be done in exceptional cases only where the beneficiary is financially weak and needs help. The total process should be transparent. But unfortunately only rich enrich themselves at the cost of tax payers. Hema or other people who had got the land which can not be considered as fair, should immediately return (or the Government should cancel). It is not needed to show the process had begun long back as people can question the possibility of cancellation anytime before allotment. So all the Governments involved and the beneficiary should take the blame.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

Shockingly there is not a whit of remorse in BJP MP hemamalini. She is defending her crime telling she had plans of teaching dance free for the "poor & underprivileged". Another bjp member says " why not give it free..why charge even 70.000 rupees".

There is no NEED for any dance academy. Period. By bantering words like "underprivileged" & " free" she can CON the masses no doubt. Bollywood's subhash gai deamnded some such land for setting up something related to movies making. Shah Rukh Khan also wants to do some hoohaaa he told sundar pichai " to show Hollywood i am better than you". shah rukh khan is lot more rich than Tom Cruise. Reason- in America celebs also get punished for drunken driving to tax evasions. Unlike india. That is all. It does not mean shah rukh khan is some ultra talented actor. These uber rich bollywood fraternity have already splurged a lot in UAE buying lot of properties . Let them go to UAE & set up dance academies in the property of say Anil Kapoor etc. Quid pro quo arrangement between hemamalini & anil kapoor. Ratan Tata rendered FERTILE land sterile by dumping tonnes of fly ash in West Bengal for his useless nano car. Lots of poor farmers were shot to death. Modi tweeted "swagatham" to Tata then. Modi & baba ramdev group are fast usurping entire food production & consumption turning it into an industry conning all " the profits go for a good cause ". "babaster" ramdev is converting precious food into cosmetics too.What is THAT good cause ?? HindutvaaAAA. I do NOT endorse this travesty of Vedic Ethos.

We need to focus on growing more crops , vegetables & fruits ; afforestation to bring back almost extinct birds & insects.

Dance mania including "classical dance forms " among Indians has mostly been to use it as a launching pad to enter into bollykollywood. India's entire money making is through its kitschy movies & cricket. This is the CHOICE indians on their own volition made & keep making calling it "soft power " "track 2 diplomacy". But craftily blame China for their own anaemic growth in manufacturing sector. When useless film stars are making billions for SIMULATIONS many middle class people often wondered aloud " why should we force our children to focus on good education ...why not join movies , do some acting become rich & jump into politics".

Modi himself has never been averse to hobnobbing with indian film fraternity. No wonder most Indians with eyes wide shut would recite many dialogues from bollykolly movies. And cricket scores. We find Peacocks dwindling . getting poisoned to death , electrocuted but too many indian dancers doing "peacock dance". Snakes get killed ; few endangered Pythons get killed by villagers on suspicion when one of their FREE cattle (goats , milch cows etc extorted FREE by poooor villagers from Chief Ministers)goes missing. It is FOOD for Pythons. Rats & bandicoots have proliferated as rat Snakes , Raptor Birds have been systematically killed. But indian dancers do "snake dance" ; Elephants are poached & their IVORIES end up as collections in many indian film stars' opulent homes. They need lot of vegetation & WATER to survive. Not dance academies of hemamalinis.

Instead of taking any decisive action RSS S.Gurumurthy is writing articles on the simplicity of Lal Bahadur Shastri , simplicity of AB.Bardhan all deceased people.

Instead of trying to learn probity from Sri.Abdul Kalam bjp erects one more statue of Abdul Kalam to circumambulate around. Imagining this would help them harvest some Muslim votes in Tamil Nadu & also vainly show off how much of bonhomie exists in hindus towards muslims in India.

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NANDAKUMAR M S

In Reply to Janakiraman Rajalakshmi 10 months ago

Why are you pouring all your hatred for BJP here? Totally out of place!. Hema got land when? Please check.Fertile land in Bengal and farmers shot just like that? Looks like a AAPtard story. Yes Hema does not seem to have done right - just like many who got free lands and scores of people enjoying Leutens bungalows for decades. No prize guessing who had showered such benevolence at tax payers cost to boost a particular dynastic polity.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

In Reply to NANDAKUMAR M S 10 months ago

I am aam janata. Apolitical. Have marshalled FACTS.

Words like 'aaptard / libtard / humble chaiwala / Rome Rajya / Shehzaade / presstitute / Dynasty / Pappu ' have been having diminishing returns.

Read the following :-

http://www.moneylife.in/article/hema-mal...

Land is LAND. Be it leftists or bjp or congress all have to abide by the same ETHICS.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

In India film stars are exempt from scrutiny, law & punishment.

Much before Internet came to India kollywood's kamalhassan though calling himself Sarika's husband / live in / boyfriend was having multiple forbidden affairs with lots of actresses in kollywood & bollywood. He himself bragged shamelessly comparing their anatomies & writing in detail in a popular Tamil magazine. A sample:- " Though I find her eyes very beautiful , her hips are so broad I prefer...actress". He also underwent treatment for venereal diseases then.

Was always too close to Gauthami currently his live in / paramour / girlfriend blah blah but officially married to someone else in America & divorced him before returning to kamalhassan.Before gauthami married some bloke leaving for America it was kamalhassan who manged to procure some land in prime locality for her at a very cheap price.This was reported in the same Tamil magazine.

Today bjp has no qualms in making him a member of censor board. I read he has been invited to "give a lecture" at Harvard University.

Art of living "avatard" SSSSRavishankar also went through the motions of shawls exchanging & draping with the same kamalhassan recently.

dmk party is synonymous with kollywood. It is an open secret as a chief minister dmk's karunanidhi GIFTED precious LANd & Flats to various kollywood film actors & actresses. When the apartments in Maulivakkam came down killing many labourers newspapers reported the owners were mostly film stars in benami names. The playback singer SP.Balasubramanian (telugu but has sung in bollywood , kollywood) owns many such apartments all over Tamil Nadu in benami names. He has also ingratiated himself to bjp by singing some songs on "swachch bharat". So venkaiah naidu arranged for a meeting between him & modi.

Such SMART politicians & film stars are working on 'smart cities project' for india.

Hemlata Mohan

10 months ago

This is nonsense- I dont get a decent two wheeler for Rs 70000/ And Hemamalini gets land worth crores?
She was a guarantor to her brother's account in my bank long ago and she defaulted even as she was minting millions via movies. She is a fraudster. Let the Govt. allot her land worth Rs 70000 in some interior Maharashtra- atleast she would help some talented rural women who would come up in life. By the way, she herself was no great dancer! Charisma and Attractiveness? Yes- But never in the league of Padmini, Vyjayantimala or Alarmel Valli or Padma Subramanyam...

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Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

In Reply to Hemlata Mohan 10 months ago

Such a fraudster belonging to uber sanctimonious bjp should be penalized heavily & imprisoned. Certainly not allowed to reinvent herself as uplifter of "talented rural women". Her entire dynasty should be discredited & forbidden entry into politics.

Mumbai & Indians in general are sickeningly besotted with film stars. Shabana Azmi said " I ogle at hemamalini" on karan johar's show & her husband javed akthar (whose First wife is Honey Irani) calls karan johar's show "an upscale show"; mahesh bhatt spat out " hemamalini is the most liberated woman" ; shobhaa de ALSO says that often; amitabh bachchan said " ..i would love to romance aishwarya rai ( on screen) AFTER she became his daughter in law & dharmendra said once "i have allowed my wife hemamalini to be romanced by amitabh bachchan ( on screen no doubt) as he wants it badly"...such LIBERATED debauchees are heavily patronized by bjp as brand ambassadors.

This is TOTALLY against what Svami Vivekananda extolled as Hinduism.

Dipakkumar J Shah

10 months ago

It is a clear case , one who is faithful to One Party in their regime period they will get benefits of such instead of Getting Crores of Ruppes from any scam!! This is one kind of scam. Nothing more...

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Krishnan

In Reply to Dipakkumar J Shah 10 months ago

I agree, It is a pity that mmeditely. w.., Modi.It is time that the offer is withdrawn .

Krishnan

In Reply to Krishnan 10 months ago

It is a pity that Mr.Modi's name is spoiled by the mindless act of the CM.The offer should be withdrawn immeditely.

MOHAN SIROYA

10 months ago

Bravo Moneylife. You were the first media to break this story which is now followed vigorously on Social Media as well as Print and Satellite media, albeit with added Mirch Masala.
But is it for the first time? In the past, Govt. in power always bestowed such largesse to their favourite cronies whether in States or at the Union Government
level . Every time who lost? Only the Public exchequer. This time too, after so much Halla Gulla, the "Gift" will get legitimazed.

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Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

In Reply to MOHAN SIROYA 10 months ago

//This time too, after so much Halla Gulla, the "Gift" will get legitimazed//

My fears are also the same. Modi has RSS S.Gurumurthy a chartered accountant to justify such looting by their own hindu ministers by quibbling around with jargon.

BJP wantonly discredited Nestle to allow baba ramdev's monopoly. Hindus conveniently forget Vedas decry commercialization of Ayurveda altogether. ramdev has come up with packets of ash charging a price for that in addition to cucumber facepacks , aloe vera etc etc. In Kolkata the local Biharis would hand over such ash to their customers who sent their clothes for ironing & so on. Today I find they have almost disappeared with mutistoreyed buildings & malls marketing ramdev's products.

The same Nobel prize winner hindu one ramakrishnan who has unfairly called Homeopathy (sic) "placebo" to promote his profit making cancer industry was unduly praised by RSS S.Gurumurthy who wrote " what a man...what simplicity....does not even own a cell phone blah blah " only to be told he does not carry his cell phone(S) while jogging.

When sundar pichai became some blah blah in Google at once Subramaniam Swamy tweeted " all brahmins are doing so well". This sundar pichai "braaahmin" failed to do his due diligence thus falling for the lies of Shah Rukh Khan.

BJP that pilloried Amir Khan has nominated worthless lecherous kamalhassan as censor board member.

Hubris of bjp is going to cause its downfall.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

Art of living cultist SSSSravishankar is also guilty of land grabbing in Karnataka but in the name of hindutvaa enjoys the support of Modi , RSS etc.

Through his machinations swindled money in Indian Bank but succeeded in sending someone else to prison. He was very close to times of india group including their Indu Jain. It is their group that always hosts beauty contests in India. SSSSRavishankar while SELLING hyperventilation calling it his "patented kriya" ( nothing is his or baba ramdev's . All belong to Vedas- Pathanjali) he targetted the beauty contestants telling them doing his hypergventilation would boost their body confidence in their "swim suit rounds". All these were regularly featured in times of india. These people are NOT Ramakrishna Paramahamsars , Ramana Bhagavans & Kaanchi Ssankaracharyas. Period. At least Vijay Mallya had the courage & gumption to unmask this ssravishankar much earlier. sssssrs was relentlessly chasing Vijay Mallya calling himself some great guru & managed to siphon off lot of his money. When an article appeared in some newspaper published from Bangalore unmasking ammachis , sssrs etc as "merchants of nirvana" the very next day that newspaper group was purchased by sssrs. Icchadari Baba was heavily patronized by bjp folks. Hindus keep producing & exporting many such charlatans to various countries. The ludicrous excuse given by RSS , hindutvavadis being - these prevent hindus from getting converted to christianity. The end does not justify the means.
In Middle East also art of living cult has been targetting many schoolchildren , ARABS etc charging heavy amounts of money. In Kuwait it was around 65 Dinars per person. tax free ngo is how they LOOT.
Modi is very close to ssravishankar , ammachi ; Murli manohar joshi etc etc very close to Puttaparthy Saibaba.
No wonder bjp has given some padma award to art of living cult founder. Kudos to AMERICA who ALONE unmasked this "avatard".

RajendraPrasad T B

10 months ago

As mentioned, Government should develop such academy instead of handing over to private bodies. Ultimately these private bodies will work to make more money after establishing the academy. There is no benefit for the general public. This is one came out and there are many such cases where the government lands are handing over for cheap rates. This kind of things should not be entertained.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

Pothys gave for FREE very expensive Silk sarees studded with real precious stones to hemamalini & two more celebs. She wore them for their ads.

Whatever the stupid indian laws might say Kaanchi MahaPeriyavar has prescribed a STRICT code of conduct for Brahmins. These are Commandments of The Lord. Not "likho apna apna script". By such standards hemamalinis fail DEPLORABLY. Modi I guess only listens to his "mann ki bhaat" monologues.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

In a tv interview hemamalini said it is her "husband" dharamjEEEE who takes care of all tax matters. This dharamjee is another dubious fellow. So what kind of financial compliance would both adhere to?

She also said when she delivered her (illegitimate) daughters in a posh hospital in Mumbai "dharamjEEE" PAID enough money to the hospital authorities to ensure no other person got admitted there. Reason- these debauched celebs "wanted to avoid crowds of fans". Entire hospital was "booked" by dharamjeee.

Modi himself has never really treated his wife Jashodhaben as a decent husband would. Reasons are given aplenty by his loyal sycophants. So one cannot expect any EMPATHY from him about the predicament of Prakash Kaur the legitimate WIFE of dharmendra. He is THAT focussed on "nation building" chose a soorpanakha as the MP in tandem with screaming " Ram Rajya versus Rome Rajya, Ram Temple ". His own sushma swaraj called Ram Temple in Ayodhya an "encashed cheque". While taking oath as prime minister hemamalini , javed akthar were among the invitees. Modi knows nothing about Vedic Ethos save garlanding a statue of Swami Vivekananda.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

As a dancer too hemamalini right from the beginning has been panned by lot of critics in Tamil Nadu.

Now she says she has recorded her songs as advised by Pandit Jasraj.

Too much of overkill by bjp of this sanskriti-culture cocktail by promoting hemamalinis is going to make people bring back congress. If he does not crack the whip & do course correction.

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Raja Laks

In Reply to Janakiraman Rajalakshmi 9 months ago

Too much of overkill by bjp of this sanskriti-culture cocktail by promoting hemamalinis is going to make people bring back congress. If he does not crack the whip & do course correction.

-- 100% Agree.

Janakiraman Rajalakshmi

10 months ago

Modi made high decibel noises against corruption but when he personally campaigned for hemamalini in Mathura after nominating her I was substantially disenchanted with him. hemamalini has a dubious reputation. She made one bollywood movie starring her own niece Madhu whose story was STOLEN by her. It is written by some Keralite writer. He filed a case against her. But she being heavily influential & rich threw some pittance called "out of the court settlement" & ensured her theft did not receive any publicity at all. For bjp & Modi Congress's Sonia Gandhi , Robert Vadera alone appear "corrupt". The RICH hemamalini travelled in some train in Tamil Nadu WITHOUT buying a ticket. On being apprehended by the TTE she replied " my sponsor forgot to send my ticket" & she was not penalized. Was allowed to travel sans a TICKET. What Raghuram Rajan said recently about really rich & corrupt Indians being let off the hook is worth reiterating here.

Not only did she shamelessly defend salman khan in the accident case she herself caused the death of a four year old girl ( her driver , her car)but got herself admitted in some hospital to treat a tiny scratch on her nose. Was fawned over by vasundhara raje in the hospital. Salman khan's victims are poor MUSLIMS from UP. So hemamalinis do not care. She only PINES for Feroz Khan the Muslim as he " alone made me look beautiful in his Dharmatma ...he is so western...has all that a woman could ask for..."

When khobragade was arrested in America we the people came to know about her involvement in Adarsh scam. I have serious doubts Modi the allegedly anti corruption PM would act fairly in hemamalini's case. All would scream "hindutvaa...bharathanatyam " & the matter would be forgotten.

Before joining politics she made a lousy serial for DD called nupur just to promote herself giving some useless role to Mohan Agashe & having Kabir Bedi running behind her in AmericAAAA. Narcissistic hemamalini transports herself to AmericAAAA , Europe in self written serial wherein all foreign English speaking MEN are shown awe struck by her dance movements asking her to explain various "mudhras" . Now the wrinkled fading hemamalini reinvents herself as one sanskriti yearning hindi yearning ENGLISH despising hindutvavaaadi hindu. In Mathura she told the masses (sic) " I am lakshmidevi...vote for me.." & the masses voted her to power.After joining bjp she made the same anti English pro hindi noises concluding everyone of us is an amnesiac idiot like those besotted with her.

She embraced ISLAM for a few hours bribing one Iyengar priest as she wanted to "marry" the legitimate husband of Prakash Kaur called dharmendra. She VIOLATED all moral codes by having an illicit affair with him. Then went through this charade called marriage by becoming a temporary muslim & now her entire DYNASTY is into politics.

Meenal Mamdani

10 months ago

Let us see if Hema Malini has the clout to make BJP/Shiv Sena govt spin tale after tale to justify the indefensible.

She may be fair and pretty but doubt she has the political charisma and pull to get the party stalwarts to defend this outrageous land grant.

Chandrashekar S

10 months ago

What is the land actually worth ?. A clarity on this will be very helpful.

Praful Patel fined Rs3,000 in criminal defamation for failing to personally appear
Patel had filed a criminal defamation cased against Jitender Bhargava for his book 'The Descent of Air India' which had chronicled how Air India’s condition declined sharply under Praful Patel, the aviation minister
 
Praful Patel was fined Rs3,000 by a Court in Mumbai after his lawyer sought yet another adjournment, a request that was rejected by the hon'ble Judge hearing the criminal defamation case filed by him against Jitender Bhargava, former executive director of Air India and author of the book, 'The Descent of Air India'. The book had chronicled the decline of Air India under Patel by citing numerous acts of omissions and commissions of Praful Patel besides other factors responsible for Air India's financial incapacitation and current state.
 
Incidentally, today's date had been fixed at Patel's request after the Judge had categorically told his lawyer on 5 November 2015, when the last adjournment request was rejected, that 28 January 2016 will be last date. The next and final hearing date has now been fixed for 12 February 2016 by the Judge after imposing the penalty on him.
 
Mr Bhargava told Moneylife that Mr Patel “had in his complaint reproduced certain paragraphs of the book which had referred to him and said that these were defamatory. I have documents to debunk each of the points made. For example on aircraft purchase he says the proposal was vetted by various committees and he was not alone to blame. An argument that lacked rationale. I had in the book not accused him of circumventing the system but of coercing Air India to buy 50 long haul aircraft which the airline could neither afford nor gainfully deploy. The terms of reference of both the Overseeing committee, headed by ex-CAG Somiah and EGoM, headed by Chidambaram to which he had alluded, did not cover looking at the number of aircraft. While the Overseeing committee was to oversee the negotiations for integrity, EGoM was for maximising discounts by meeting the vendor. The documents have been reproduced in the revised edition. 
Likewise on other issues like whether he had a hand in removing Raghu Menon or removing Arvind Jadhav, etc. I have documents to back every charge made by him.”

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Vikas Sivaraman

10 months ago

Court fines in this country are a laugh. They are certainly no deterents and should be revised upwards to levels that would hurt those liable. PRAFUL patel's ill gotten wealth through benefits recieved from private airline owners for bleeding off Air India and bringing a magnificent airline to its knees while private airlines benefitted hugely should be thoroughly investigated and Patel needs to brought to book. Rs 3000/- is hardly addressing the seriousness of the crime or the attention of the perpetrator. REVISE COURT FINES UPWARDS!!!

D S Ranga Rao

10 months ago

Congratulations and thanks to Mr. Bhargava for trying to unearth a major scam in the Indian aviation industry. India needs many more Bhargavas. Wonder why the present day government, instead of taking it up on itself of making good the allegedly huge pecuniary loss caused to the public exchequer, has left the issue to be dealt by private individuals, that too through the vexatious litigation route? Has the government got any quid pro quo in being silent about it?

Meenal Mamdani

10 months ago

A paltry Rs 3000 as penalty? Does the judge live in India or some other country or may be another planet?

If the judge wanted to penalize Mr. Praful Patel for again asking for an adjournment, an appropriate fine would be Rs 30 crore or may be even that would be peanuts for a top NCP member and a penalty of Rs 300 crore would make NCP sit up and take notice.

If the courts want to be taken seriously by holding the powerful personnel's feet to the fire, they should take care to make the penalties commensurate with the astronomical wealth of the person in question. Otherwise it makes a mockery of the system of justice.

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D S Ranga Rao

In Reply to Meenal Mamdani 10 months ago

Yes, Rs. 3000/- or Rs. 30 crore or even Rs.300/- crore fine is not a big thing for the stature of the alleged culprits given to understand. But, where is the provision in law to impose such a huge fines? Unless that is done, white collar crimes continue to be perpetuated by all big and mighty and with impunity.

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