By Hindustan Times
Supreme Court has upheld High Court's decision ordering Subhash Ghai to return a plot of land allotted to his Whistling Woods International film institute, reports NDTV. A public suit was filed by people of Badhsa village against his acquiring 20 acres of land for setting up the film institute. Ex-sarpanch of Badhsa Balbir Singh and former member of panchayat Rambir Singh filed the petition claiming that the land belonged to village communities and the gram panchayat and the government had no right to sell it to a private firm.
Subhash Ghai had challenged the Bombay High Court's decision in the Supreme Court.
According to SC verdict, Mr Ghai would have to return 14.5 acres that are currently vacant at his academy immediately to the government. Another 5.5 acres that are in use are to be given back in 2014 so that students currently enrolled can complete their courses without any disruptions, reports the channel.
The allotment of land was sanctioned in 2000 by then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. The Supreme Court today described the deal as " The largesse of a state doled out at the behest of the Chief Minister at a paltry sum to a blue-eyed boy."