Remove material from shamlat land: HC to Ghai’s Mukta Arts
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The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed Mukta Arts of Bollywood producer-director Subhash Ghai to remove building material lying at a site in Badhsa village, Jhajjar, within a month, and disposed of the case. The special Division Bench comprising Justices Jasbir Singh and Rakesh Kumar Jain further directed Mukta Arts to remove the boundary walls and bricks constructed over 20-acre shamlat land to set a up film institute, Whistling Woods.
During the resumed hearing of the case, the court was apprised that panchayat land had been restored and the panchayat had refunded the amount to the company along with interest.
On September 11, 2012, the high court had quashed the sale deed of the land. The court had directed Ghai to hand over possession of land to the village panchayat, and told the panchayat to return Rs 8 crore to Ghai along with interest.
The court passed the order after taking note of a petition alleging favouritism by the Haryana government in granting permission to sell the 20-acre shamlat land to Ghai.
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