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SC rejects Ghai's plea for Goregaon Film-city Date: Apr 09 2012

New Delhi: The Apex Court has upheld the Bombay High Court’s decision to quash the 20acre land of Goregaon Film-city which has been allotted to film producer Subhash Ghai for his film institute.

The bench of justices comprising H. L. Dattu and C. K. Prasad also mentioned the name of erstwhile chief minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh for allotting the land in 2004, saying the CM cannot bend or bypass rules to give away government land.

The bench also said, “One cannot be treated as blue-eyed boy for which chief minister can bend or bypass rules to give away the land of the state.”

The Supreme Court also said that, there are irregularities in the allotment of land, whereas there are several other CMs before Deshmukh had not approved the film-city project. The bench further said, “The state government has given land to its blue-eyed boy for a paltry sum of money.”

Earlier the Supreme Court issued a notice to film producer seeking response within the four weeks time frame, whereas the Bombay high Court has passed the verdict directing Ghai to return the land allotted for his film institute to the state government.