Ghai meets Raj, invites him to Whistling Woods

Mumbai: Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who lost the case against his film institute Whistling Woods International in the high court as well as the supreme court, met Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray on Tuesday.

Ghai, who visited Raj`s residence in Dadar this evening, told PTI that he invited him to visit his campus in Film City.

"I want to clarify the wrong perceptions of political leaders that there was some scam between us and Vilasrao, which is never true…I am meeting many other leaders, too, in politics and media in due course. Raj expressed his sympathy for Whistling Woods. He promised that he will visit…we have also invited chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, who has never seen the campus," he added.

On April 4, the Supreme Court had asked Ghai to return the land in Mumbai, measuring 20 acres, to the state and also rapped the former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, saying he could not have treated anyone as "blue-eyed boy".

The Supreme Court had upheld the Bombay High Court order quashing the 20 acre land allotted to his film institute in Film City.

Earlier, the High Court had said that Deshmukh had "abused" his powers while allotting the land at a "paltry sum of money". The high court`s order had come on a PIL by one Rajendra Sontakke and four other agriculturists from Latur and Osmanabad districts alleging "gross abuse of power" by Deshmukh in allotting the land.