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State denies damage, court panel blames film crew

jaipur Updated: Feb 18, 2009 14:06 IST
HT Correspondents

The three-member committee appointed by Rajasthan high court to enquire into why a wall of the Amber Fort collapsed during the shooting of the Salman Khan-starrer Veer, appeared to hold a very different view of the damage from that of the state.

In its report to the Centre, the state has denied that there was any structural damage to the 416-year-old fort — a major tourist attraction on the outskirts of Jaipur — during the shooting.

The court-appointed committee, however, which had visited the fort on Saturday, a day after the collapse, held the filmmakers culpable. “The film crew was responsible for the disintegration of the old wall,” said Abhinav Sharma, amicus curie, and member of the panel. “The structure has been compromised by the shooting.”

He added that he would oppose the application moved by the producer seeking to resume shooting, when the case is heard in the high court on February 18.

In contrast, the state is believed to have claimed in its report that the wall that crumbled was outside the main fort area. “The wall that fell was a recent construction, built barely 10 years ago,” a senior state government official said.