Chandigarh: Bollywood film-maker Subhash Ghai suffered another jolt Tuesday when the Punjab and Haryana High Court quashed the allotment of a plot allotted to him by the Haryana government for setting up a film and acting institute.
Ghai was ordered to return the 20-acre land in Badhsa village of Jhajjar district to the village council.
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain said that giving the village common land to Ghai was not serving any public purpose.
The court told the village council to return the over Rs.8 crore that it took from the film-maker’s company Mukta Arts in October 2010.
The controversial land is located about 50 km from Delhi. Ghai bought the land from the council after it passed a resolution to give him the village common land.
The Haryana government, headed by Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, had permitted Ghai to purchase the land from the council.