Chandigarh: In a major setback to Bollywood producer and director Subhash Ghai, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday ordered quashing of allotment of 20 acres of village common land in Haryana to him for for his production company Mukta Arts.
The court has further ordered that the land be handed back to villagers.
Earlier in May 2012 the Punjab and Haryana High Court had stayed the execution of the sale deed of land purchased by Ghai's Mukta Arts in Badhsa village of Jhajjar district in Haryana.
Ghai suffered a similar setback earlier in April, when the SC ordered him to return 21 acres allotted to his institute in Mumbai\'s Film City area.
The orders were issued by the High Court after taking cognizance of a petition alleging favoritism by the Haryana government in granting permission to sell 20 acres of shamlat (common land).
Ghai was planning to set up a film institute on the plot. But his plans ran into trouble when villagers from Badhsa filed a PIL challenging the allotment.
Ghai suffered a similar setback earlier in April, when the Supreme Court ordered him to return 21 acres allotted to his institute in Mumbai's Film City area.