Big B's land case hearing deferred for Oct 11

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Lucknow, Oct 10: Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court today deferred the hearing into the Amitabh Bachchan agricultural land case for tomorrow. The order was passed by a single judge bench of Justice A N Verma.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 posted in the original revenue records. The government mentioned that Bachchan had committed fraud by claiming he was a resident of 17, Clive Road, Allahabad, in his application for farmland allotment in Barabanki.

The state 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 the 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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