Raigad collector to take Shah Rukh Khan head-on in higher court for Alibag bungalow violations

Maharashtra's Raigad Collector has decided to go for a second round of legal battle in a higher court with Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan for his Alibag farmhouse.

Raigad Collector Dr Vijay Suryavanshi in an exclusive interview to India Today said that their team would "seek a legal opinion from state administration to fight a legal battle against Shah Rukh Khan and others, in higher court, most probably, Bombay High Court."

While talking to India Today, Dr Suryavanshi said that the actor has violated the Environmental Act and CRZ rules while constructing his bungalow at Alibag.

"In 2015, the local administration at Alibag had filed a First Information Report (FIR) in police station against Shah Rukh Khan for violating CRZ rules, etc. Action was taken by local officers, but subsequently, he managed to get a stay order against our action from the local court", he said.

When India Today exposed how the actor had allegedly misused Section 63 of Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act and how violation of Costal Regulatory Zones (CRZ) rules had taken place by constructing the super-luxury bungalow, instead of repairment of old farm-huts, the Collector Office took the cognizance.

He decided to call for an urgent meeting of district officers, including police officials, on Saturday to discuss the further action-plan.

Almost 85 entities/individuals at Alibag have managed to take a stay order against government action on their alleged violations. The collector categorically said that the further legal action in higher court would be against all (including SRK). It includes many big corporate names, Bollywood celebrities, sportsmen and politicians.

Besides a criminal complaint filed at Alibag, another written complain was filed by an activist at Khar Police Station in Mumbai in January 2017 against Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan and Deja Vu Farms Private Ltd.

After completing its preliminary inquiry, in May 2017 Mumbai Police had sent a two-pages communication to Alibag office, seeking some case details. But nothing happened until India Today itself probed and exposed it.