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Bachchan gets clean chit in Barabanki land row

india Updated: Nov 01, 2009 15:27 IST

A five-member committee constituted by Barabanki district administration has given a clean chit to Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan in a case of alleged land forgery.

The committee, headed by a sub-divisional magistrate, in its report submitted on Saturday, turned down the charges of forgery against Bachchan following which a complaint lodged by son of the Daulatpur village head was quashed, Superintendent of Police Alok Singh said on Sunday.

The committee, constituted by District Magistrate Vikas Gothwal, in its report said Bachchan had only proposed to donate two plots in Daulatpur village to the gram samaj.

"As the process to donate plots to the gram sabha was not completed, it cannot be proved that plot numbers 711 and 793 were to be transfered to the gram samaj," the report said.

As the village head gave her consent to take the land in donation without the approval of land management committee of the district administration, the entire process was "null and void", it said.

"The committee in its inquiry found that the allegation of fraud against Bachchan was baseless," a senior official said.

Two days after the complaint was lodged against 67-year-old Bachchan on October 27, his former representative Vinay Shukla had said the land to be donated to the gram sabha was by "mistake" included in the gift deed towards a foundation for construction of a college named after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya.