Bollywood filmmaker Subhash Ghai was ordered by the Bombay High Court to return to the state government the 20-acre land in Goregaon on which his film institute Whistling Woods is located.
A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Girish Godbole the Bombay High Court was hearing a public interest litigation filed by Rajendra Sontakke and four other agriculturists from Latur and Osmanabad districts alleging “gross abuse of power” by former Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh in allotting the land piece.
The HC has also restrained Whistling Woods from granting admissions to students for courses, which will go beyond 2014.
The bench has also directed Ghai to pay a rent of Rs 5.3 crore annually since the year 2000 when the director entered into a joint venture with the government to start a film institute.
The bench has, however, stayed its order for a period of eight weeks to permit the director-producer to approach Supreme Court.