Bachchan refrains from commenting on Pune land deal

Written by Agencies | Mumbai, March 28: | Updated: Mar 28 2008, 20:13pm hrs
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan on Friday said he would not comment on the controversial farm land deal near Pune as the matter was subjudice.

I cannot comment anything on the matter as it is subjudice, he said on the sidelines of IDEA IIFA Awards 2008 nominations function.

Bachchan had purchased a plot of land near Lonavla in Pune district in 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.

Bachchan had used the land allotment in Daulatpur Village in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh as testimonial to establish his credentials as a farmer.

He had submitted the documents in March 2006.

Bachchans land registration in Maharashtra was deemed legal on the basis of a certificate given by district Collector of Barabanki to the effect that Bachchan owned agricultural land since 1982 and that gave him the status of a farmer.