Pune: The Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) has decided to take strict action against Marathi film director Nagraj Manjule, who has failed to remove the film set constructed on the University ground despite several notices.
This notice came in the wake of the recent criticism by Minister of State Higher and Technical Education Ravindra Waikar of the university flouting norms in renting government land to film production.
Earlier this month, when Waikar had visited SPPU, he had instructed the varsity that if it fails to take any action within seven days, the film sets will be confiscated by the government.
The university had immediately acted upon Waikar's instruction and issued a notice to Manjule to vacate the place at the earliest. However, even after 20 days, the set has not been removed from the sports ground.
"The university has already ordered Manjule to remove the set as soon as possible. University has so far empathised with the director, however, now if he fails to follow orders, it will take strict action against him," the VC's office informed the media on Monday.
Manjule had sought permission to take a portion of the sports ground on rent in October. While the contract was supposed to end on December 30, he had later requested for an extension of the contract, which was denied by the SPPU administration.
Ever since the deal between the national award-winning film director and the university was formulated, it has been in the news. The students union were unhappy that SPPU authorities had agreed to rent out the place for a lesser amount of Rs 6.15 lakh. Furthermore, the set had blocked the space for a long time and students were restricted from utilising the ground freely.