01 March, 2021

Ground Beneath

The star gets a waiver in Barabanki, for now

Ground Beneath
It looks like Big B has got a reprieve. The December 11 judgement of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court in the Barabanki land case ruled out framing of criminal or civil charges against Amitabh Bachchan. But Justice A.N. Verma also confirmed in the judgement what Outlook has been reporting since June this year—the megastar's claim of owning 2.5 bighas of land (plot no. 702) in Daulatpur village, Barabanki district, was false. The judge also ordered that the forgeries in the records—made to show the star's ownership of the land—be corrected and the property returned to the village gram sabha.

For now, Amitabh can heave a sigh of relief, but a cause of concern is if the Mayawati government decides to appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court. Devendra Upadhyaya, chief counsel for the UP government, is advising the state to pursue the case (see link below). Government sources tell us that other senior officials too have recommended to chief minister Mayawati that the state go in appeal. "A final call will be taken...

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