Actor Amitabh Bachchan has purchased a plot of agricultural land in Kakori area on the outskirts of Lucknow, an official confirmed on Sunday.
While the deal was kept under wraps and Amitabh Bachchan got the transaction carried out through a power of attorney, the seller of the land spilled the beans to a TV channel on Sunday.
"Amitabh Bachchan has purchased 2.4 hectares of land in Muzaffarnagar village of Kakori; while part of the land is in the joint name of his wife and himself, another plot was purchased in the name of his son Abhishek," CN Dikshit, the owner of the land, said.
The land was registered in the name of Dikshit's wife Suman, who transferred 2.4 hectares to Amitabh Bachchan for Rs.1.55 crore.
Yet another plot measuring about 2.3 hectares was purchased in the name of Abhishek Bachchan from Nageshwar Mahadev Cooperative Housing Society in the same village.
The Bachchans have applied for mutation of the land in their respective names.
When contacted, sub-divisional magistrate Mahendra Singh confirmed the Bachchan land deal.
"The sale deed of the land purchased by the Bachchans was signed three days back and they have now applied for mutation, for which certain formalities are necessary; at present, I am getting the documents examined," Singh said.
This comes barely two weeks after a court in Uttar Pradesh dismissed a petition seeking a criminal case against Amitabh Bachchan for not honouring his commitment to build a women's college in Barabanki district.