08 March, 2021

'We Must Appeal To The SC'

UP government's chief standing counsel who represented the state in the Amitabh Bachchan Barabanki land case is severely critical of the high court judgement which let the star off the hook.

'We Must Appeal To The SC'
What is your reaction to the order?
Well, it's a bundle of contradictions.

Could you elaborate on that...
On the one hand, the honourable judge has issued directions to make corrections in the Daulatpur gram sabha land records, which showed Amitabh Bachchan as the owner of a plot of land. Now that amounts to virtually upholding the order of the Faizabad additional commissioner who had ruled that the entries made in the records were incorrect and forged. On the other hand, a direction has been issued not to initiate any civil, criminal or revenue proceedings against Bachchan.

But that was because the court felt that Bachchan himself was not a party to the forgery.
So what? What needs to be seen is who was the intended beneficiary of the forgery. In this case, it was none other than Amitabh Bachchan.

Do you think the UP government has a strong case for appeal before the Supreme Court?
We must appeal. That is my advice to the Uttar Pradesh government.

What was the key issue before the honourable court?
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