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We won't let Big B off in land case: UP govt

October 20, 2007 01:41 IST

Notwithstanding Amitabh Bachchan [Images] abandoning claims on a farmland in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, the Uttar Pradesh government said it would pursue the forgery case against the Bollywood star.

"There is no question of withdrawing the case against Amitabh Bachchan," Sailesh Krishna, principal secretary to Chief Minister Mayawati told the Outlook magazine in an interview.

Krishna, who is monitoring the land deal case against the super star, said, "The administration did detect a fraud and forgery in the allotment of gram sabha land. And the beneficiary was none other than (Amitabh) Bachchan."

The officer while dismissing the star's plea before the Allahabad High Court that he was willing to forego his claim on land in Barabanki district also questioned the authority of lawyer of gram sabha of Daulatpur to exonerate Bachchan if he donated the land.

"I fail to understand the very authority of the gram sabha lawyer to let Bachchan off the hook. The government has made it clear that we are not prepared to go by any assurances given by the gram sabha counsel whose conduct surely arouses doubt and suspicion," Krishan said.

He categorically stated that returning the land doesn't exonerate the star.

Krishna said, "Can returning the land now absolve Bachchan of his alleged forgery? Can you claim immunity from the law by offering to return goods you were alleged to have acquired through fraudulent means."

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