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Salman Got Slapped Again - with a legal notice for illegal constructions at farmhouse


MUMBAI, 7 JULY. The Maharashtra forest department has served a notice to Salman Khan and five other members of his family for what it claimed were illegal construction at the Bollywood star's farmhouse at Panvel.

The notice was served on June 9 in the name of the actor's father Salim Khan, based on a complaint by a non-resident Indian who also has a property in Panvel in adjoining Raigad district, according to a forest department official.

Salim Khan was given seven days time to respond, according to the notice.

It stated that the ownership rights of the property, called Arpita Farms, located at Wajapur area of Panvel, rest with Salman Khan, his sisters Alvira and Arpita, brothers Arbaaz and Sohail and mother Helen.

Asked about the action taken against the Khan family since the seven-day period to respond had lapsed, Maharashtra Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said that "due process was being followed". When contacted, Salim Khan told PTI that all legal procedures were followed before the construction work was undertaken.

"All my structures have been regularised and the necessary fees were also paid. There is no illegal construction," the veteran scripwriter said.

The notice said, "An offence was registered on November 21, 2017 on account of violation of the Forest Act for carrying out cement/concrete construction at your Arpita farms."

It said that according to records, unauthorised construction was carried out on several occasions and therefore, various offences were registered.

"Investigations showed that the farmhouse belongs to the entire family of Salman Khan, Alvira Khan, Arbaaz Khan, Arpita Khan, Helen Khan and Sohail Khan.

"So, (you need to explain) why your family should not be believed to be collectively involved in carrying out unauthorised construction and violation of forest laws," the notice said.

"It also seems that despite committing these offences, you have regularised the premises by misleading the state and the central governments," it said.

"If you do not give any explanation in the matter within the said time, it would be presumed that you have nothing to say in the matter and legal action shall be taken against the entire family," the notice warns.

Mungantiwar said the notice was issued to the Khan family when the complaint was received regarding "illegal" construction at the sprawling farmhouse.

"As soon as we receive a complaint, we send a notice to the person concerned to explain his stand. If the necessary papers are furnished, then no action is taken," he said.

Last month, this family was alleged to be involved in matchfixing. Salman's brother who is also a Bollywood actor, Arbaaz Khan has admitted to betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but also losing a large amount in the just concluded series, here on Saturday, official sources said.

His confession came before a team of Thane Anti Extortion Cell (AEC) which is probing the IPL betting scam since the past five-six years involving several billions of rupees.

Arbaaz, 50, who was summoned before the AEC, was confronted with a prominent bookie Sonu Jalan, 41, alias Sonu Batla, who was arrested five days ago from Thane, besides four other bookies nabbed late last month.

During his interrogation, the name of Khan cropped up beside some handwritten diary entries and a picture of the producer-actor with Jalan and others allegedly involved in IPL betting. He admitted to betting a huge amount in the IPL series, that concluded on May 27, and losing an even bigger amount, estimated to run into several millions of rupees, but officials remained tight-lipped on the exact figures. Honoring the police summons issued on Friday, Arbaaz reached the AEC office in Thane on Saturday to record his statement, in which he has reportedly named several other Bollywood personalities who indulge in betting large amounts in IPL.

Pradeep Sharma, a senior inspector of the anti-extortion cell, had earlier stated, “We have booked him (Jalan) on betting charges. But we are, in a way, trying to trace his underworld connections to Dawood Ibrahim. It has come to our notice that Jalan assisted Dawood in fixing matches.”

“During the investigation, it was found that Arbaaz was being threatened by Jalan as he had lost money on one of the matches,” said Pradeep Sharma.

“Jalan had arranged a match-fixing meeting at Dubai. The celebrity was also present at that time. We are probing to know which match was fixed and who all were involved,” he added.



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