Saira Banu seeks PM's intervention in property issue


Mumbai, Veteran actress and wife of Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, has expressed hope that Prime Minister will look into the matter and help save her husband's bunglow from the land mafia. In a tweet post by Banu via Kumar's Twitter account on Tuesday, the veteran actress requested for an appointment with PM Modi after slamming Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for not doing anything in the matter despite assurances. She further writes that she 'begged' the Prime Minister to protect their 'only house' from land mafia Samir Bhojwani. Meanwhile, 'Prime Minister's Office has taken note of veteran actor Dilip Kumar's tweet alleging threat from one builder (Samir Bhojwani)', an official from the CM's office said. The tweet read "Padma Vibhushit betrayed, threatened by money and muscle power. Request meeting with you in #Mumbai,". Interacting with the electronic media, Saira Banu had sought audience with Modi, who was here on Tuesday, to discuss the issue following the builder's release from jail. Bhojwani had falsely claimed ownership of the two plots in upscale Pali Hill area of suburban Bandra on which the ailing 96-year-old actor's bungalow is located. Later, Mr Fadnavis said that he would speak to the couple and try sort out the issue. "For the last three months, the CM has been promising me that he will talk to Bhojwani and resolve the issue. I hope he will stick to his words and do the needful," she added. Giving details about the dispute, "This man (Samir Bhojwani) is an expert at land grabbing, forgery and fraudulent cases. He is doing these things because he has muscle power and money. He has big political connections, and therefore, no one is willing to take action against him." She also stated that Bhojwani has violated BMC guidelines but they have not taken any action against him.Saira Banu said, "We have been facing this court dispute and harassment by Samir Bhojwani for the last 10-12 years. "Earlier, he wanted to build a cottage for his sister in front of our residence. At that time, we gave him permission.After that, we went out of Mumbai for two-three months and when we returned, we saw that he had built a two-three storey building instead of a cottage, and while doing so he had violated BMC rules but no one has taken any kind of action against him. "The entire world knows that this is Dilip Kumar saab's residence so how can he trespass on that land? He knows that Dilip saab has health issues and because of all this stress his health has deteriorated even more." In December 2017, Saira Banu had lodged a police complaint alleging that Bhojwani was threatening and harassing her and Dilip Kumar over the property. Following the complaint, the Mumbai police had arrested Bhojwani.