Big B land case hearing on Nov 14

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Lucknow, Nov 5 (UNI) Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court today posted the Amitabh Bachchan agricultural land case for next hearing to November 14.

The order was passed by Justice A N Verma on an underconsideration petition filed by the Mega star.

In today's hearing, on behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, it was requested to put off the hearing as chief standing counsel Devendra Upadhyaye was indisposed.

Earlier, state government counsel Devendra Upadhayay had contended since Mr Bachchan was not the owner of the concerned piece of land, he had no power to donate it.

Mr Upadhayay had maintained the Bollywood actor had not submitted any document to prove his ownerhsip on the 'gramsabha' land of Daulatpur village in Barabanki district.

Recently, the actor -- in his affidavit -- had offerred to forgo his ownership on the land, if all criminal, civil and revenue charges were dropped against him.

Earlier, the Bollywood megastar had challenged the Faizabad Division Additional Commissioner (Administration) Vidhya Sagar Prasad's order quashing the allotment of agricultural land at Daulatpur village in Barabanki district to him.

On March 24, 2006, the then Barabanki District Magistrate Ashish Goel had ordered sealing of land records pertaining to the allotment of land to Bachchan.

Later, the Additional Commissioner's court had also affirmed this step, which was challenged by Bachchan.

In earlier hearings, the UP government had stated that the allotment of land was illegal, since it was not entered in the original revenue records.

It further mentioned that Mr Bachchan committed fraud by claiming that he was a resident of 17, Clive Road, Allahabad, in his application for farmland allotment in Barabanki.

The Chief Standing Counsel said Bachchan's father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, lived at the said residence till 1958 after which the house was sold.

The former Mulayam Singh Yadav government had allotted three bighas (about 70,000 sq ft) of prime land at Daulatpur village in Barabanki District to Bachchan.

The actor had managed issuance of documents in his name, which identified him as a farmer and on the basis of these, he got a 24 acre plot of agricultural land at Lonavla, Pune in mid-1990s.

However, the Faizabad Additional Commissioner, who has judicial powers in land disputes, had ruled that the 1993 Barabanki land transfer in his name was illegal.

Mr Prasad said the DM's certificate had been obtained with forged land revenue documents.


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