HC directs BIADA to file land allotment records of three years

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Patna, Aug 12 (UNI) Patna High Court today directed the Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA) to place all records of the past three years since March 2005 relating to allotment of land in the state.

A division bench comprising Chief Justice R M Lodha and Justice K K Mandal passed the order while hearing a petition filed by Congress leader Prem Chandra Mishra challenging an allotment of land to film producer Prakash Jha for construction of 'Multiplex' in Patna and other districts.

The bench directed the BIADA to file all records within three weeks.

The petition alleged the BIADA had alloted land to Mr Jha at very low price, violating rules and regulations. The same agency at the same time alloted land to others at high price, which indicated that undue favour was granted to Mr Jha by the BIADA.

Earlier, Mr Mishra had also filed a petition in Patna High Court challenging allotment of land to Prakash Jha by the BIADA in Patna and other districts for construction of Multiplex. While hearing the petition, Patna High Court had quashed the allotment of land to Prakash Jha. Later, Mr Jha had moved in the Supreme Court, which asked Patna High Court to hear the case afresh.

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