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Lucknow, June 7: A certain Amitabh has been charged with dropping one of the most
famous surnames in the country.

The identity crisis of Amitabh Bachchan deepened today with the Uttar Pradesh government telling a court that the actor concealed his surname while procuring farmland that gave him the now-overturned farmer status.

“To avoid identity, Amitabh Bachchan did not use his surname. Even his father’s name was written as just Harivansh. Bachchan acquired the land through forgery and fraud,” additional advocate-general Devendra Upadhya said.

Bachchan had also given a misleading address, the government counsel said while opposing the actor’s petition in the high court challenging the cancellation of allotment of the land in Barabanki, 35 km from Lucknow.

The Faizabad additional commissioner’s court had last week ordered the cancellation, saying the land was allotted through fraudulent means.

The actor had given his address as 17 Clive Road, Allahabad, while the house belongs to lawyer S.S. Tiwari, the government counsel said.

“Amitabh’s father Harivansh Rai Bachchan was just a tenant at 17 Clive Road,”
Upadhya said later. The late poet lived in the house till 1958, he said. After that, he moved to Nainital and then to Mumbai.

The judge heard the arguments of both sides for almost 90 minutes today and reserved the ruling on the maintainability of the petition.

Supreme Court lawyers Mukul Rohatgi and I.P. Singh appeared on behalf of Bachchan.
Singh told The Telegraph the petitioner’s argument was that the additional commissioner of Faizabad, Vidya Sagar Prasad, had issued the cancellation order without giving Bachchan’s counsel an opportunity to be heard. “It was an act of denial of natural justice,” he said.

Bachchan, who is in Leeds now for a film awards event, told PTI he had full faith in
the judicial system of the country.

“I will be holding a press conference when I get back to India on this matter, but this is not the right platform to talk about this,” he said.

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