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Respite for Amitabh Bachchan, amidst cloud of controversies

New Delhi, Mon, 31 Mar 2008 NI Wire

After being dragged into unnecessary controversy, Amitabh Bachchan got respite from none other than Supreme Court of India which dismissed the Uttar Pradesh government’s plea against the superstar on the Barabanki Land deal.

Earlier UP government challenged Allahabad High Court's order which gave clean chit to the actor while mentioning that there was no evidence to support that the actor has committed fraud or manipulated the revenue records.

K K Venugopal, senior advocate on behalf of the government, contended that there was a case of manipulation in revenue records and the actor did get the benefits hence the case should be investigated.

The case got its political color after BSP government in Uttar Pradesh under Mayawati vowed to take the case against Bachchan and incriminated him under criminal case after returning to power in 2007.

Amitabh Bachchan paid because of his association with Samajwadi Party, which is the opponent of BSP and the Congress party.

Last year in December, the Lucknow High Court ruled in favor of Bachchan and repealed all proceedings against him.

But the state government moved the case to the Supreme Court where all the political means were crushed and the superstar was absolved from all the charges finally.

Earlier, Amitabh Bachchan had abandoned his claim over the 2.75 bighas of land at Daulatpur in Barabanki district.

Recently, the superstar has written to the Sub Divisional Officer of Pune that he wanted to retain the piece of land he donated to the owner in July last year. He had purchased a plot of land near Lonavla in Pune district in the year 2000. As per the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act 1948, no person can purchase agricultural land in Maharashtra if he is not a farmer.

For the same reason he had to face ire of Raj Thackeray the MNS chief, which blew the issue out of proportion by making a cartoon over it showing the actor asking to retain the donated land.

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