The government, it is said, is hesitant in claiming its right over the land sanctioned to actor late Balakrishna in 1970 for setting up the Abhiman Studio .

In 2003, two sons of Balakrishna, Ganesh and Srinivas, sought permission from the Bangalore Rural Deputy Commissioner to sell 10 acres for modernisation of the studio.

While granting conditional approval, the Deputy Commissioner had sought a report on the modernisation of studio and cautioned the applicants against pledging, selling and transferring the remaining 10 acres of land.

Sources in the Information Department said that Balakrishna’s sons did not spend the proceeds of the sale on modernising the studio.

Meanwhile, Geeta Bali, Balakrishna’s daughter, has staked her claim to the remaining 10 acres of land leading to representatives of the film industry seeking an explanation from the government on the rationale behind Balakrishna’s family claiming right over the land given for developing a studio.