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Amitabh challenges decision to quash transfer of land

PTI  Lucknow, June 05, 2007
First Published: 16:49 IST(5/6/2007) | Last Updated: 18:49 IST(5/6/2007)

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday moved the Allahabad High Court challenging the decision of the Faizabad additional commissioner to quash the transfer of land in his name at Daulatpur village in Barabanki district.

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The petition, which was filed in the registry of the Lucknow bench of the high court on Tuesday, was likely to come up for hearing on Thursday.

Bachchan in his petition has pleaded that he was not accorded an opportunity of being heard in the matter by the commissioner's court.

"The Faizabad additional commissioner exceeded his jurisdiction by going into the merits of the case whereas he was only to decide upon a technical point," Bachchan's counsel Gaurav Bhatia said in Lucknow.

He said the megastar was not even given an opportunity of being heard before the matter was decided, which was a gross violation of the principles of natural justice.

Additional commissioner (administration) VS Prasad had on June 1 quashed the transfer of land in the name of Bachchan in 1983 and termed the proceeding as illegal and fraudulent.

After hearing the arguments of Bachchan's counsel MB Singh, the court had upheld the March 24, 2006 orders of the then Barabanki District Magistrate, Aashish Goyal quashing the transfer of land by the consolidation officer of Barabanki to Bachchan.

He had also quashed the stay order by the district magistrate, who took over subsequently, and directed the Barabanki district administration to vest the land transferred in Bachchan's name to the gram sabha of Daulatpur.


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