SC reserves judgment on Prakash Jha's plea

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New Delhi, Nov 22 (UNI) The Supreme Court today reserved its judgment on a petition filed by Holicow Pictures Pvt Ltd, owned by eminent film producer and director Prakash Jha, challenging the Patna High court judgment quashing the allotment of land made by the Bihar government to Jha for setting up of a film studio.

A bench, comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and P Sathasivam, reserved the judgment after hearing the arguments of the prosecution and the defence.

The counsel for the petitioner contended before the court that no illegality had been committed by the Nitish Kumar government in alloting the land to him as the setting up of the film studio in the state would contribute in its development and was in public interest.

The petitioner, Prem Chander Mishra, however, had contended in the High Court that the land running in several acres had been alloted to Jha at throwaway prices and no public interest was involved in it.

Counsel for Mishra also contended that Nitish Kumar cannot treat the land as his personal property and all rules and regulations have been violated while alloting the land to Jha.

The Patna High court had cancelled the allotment holding that the allotment was not in accordance with law.


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