Hiranandani Group Ordered To Cease Construction In Powai

February 23, 2012 8:58 am by

Complex Case. The Bombay High Court has restrained the Hiranandani group from carrying out further construction in Powai after hearing public interest litigations filed by social activist Medha Patkar and a pair of Mumbai residents who alleged the complete breach of a 1986 tripartite agreement between the state government, the MMRDA and the Hiranandani Group. According to the agreement, the developers were to build affordable housing in the form of tenements of 40 square metres and 80 square metres and to hand over 15 per cent of the constructed areas to the state government at the rate of Rs135 per square feet. [Hindustan Times]

Bollywood Brawl. Actor Saif Ali Khan was arrested and released on bail by the Colaba police on Wednesday evening for allegedly assaulting South African businessman Iqbal Sharma and his father-in-law at Taj Mahal hotel restaurant, Wasabi, on Tuesday night. Sharma said the actor accosted them after they requested the management to ask Khan and his group, which included Khan’s girlfriend Kareena Kapoor and actresses Amrita Arora and Malaika Arora Khan, to quiet down. Khan says he acted in self-defense and that CCTV footage from the restaurant will serve as proof. [The Times of India]

Bad Calls. Authorities in the US have cracked down on California-based companies, American Credit Crunchers and Ebeeze, that used call centres in India to defraud customers of over $5 million since January 2010. The callers pretended to be law enforcement authorities and called people who had inquired, applied or obtained online loans and falsely told them that they had defaulted on their loan and threatened to immediately arrest and jail them if they did not agree to make a payment. [The Indian Express]