Big B to be probed for not opening college, threatening villagers
Barabanki (UP): A local court today asked the police to probe into a charge levelled by a village head against Amitabh Bachchan and five others over delay in setting up a college named after the megastar`s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (Fast Track) Shiv Chand directed the Mohamadpur Khala police to look into the complaint filed by Daulatpur village head Raj Kumari, and submit a report on June 10.
On behalf of Raj Kumari, her son Avnindra Singh had last week moved the court for filing a case against Bachchan and five others, alleging that the actor had "cheated" people by announcing setting up of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Mahavidyala Degree College in the village, whereas no work has started even after the announcement made two years back.
Bachchan had purchased 16 bighas of land in Daulatpur village in Fatehpur tehsil of the district in two phases – in 2006 and 2007 -- and had announced setting up of the college.
Bachchan`s proximity to former Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh allegedly helped him to get agricultural land allotted to him through fraudulent means, the complaint said.
A foundation laying ceremony and a public meeting was also held there in 2008 in the presence of the Bachchan family, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and then general secretary Amar Singh.
According to the complaint, the works for the college as per the announcements had to be carried out by Nishtha foundation of then SP MP Jaya Prada. "Whenever we tried to contact Devendra Rai of the Nishtha foundation he has threatened us," the complainant said.
The court is also expected to take a final decision on the complaint to get a criminal case registered against Bachchan for failing to keep his promise to the people of the village.