Sikh group lodges complaint against Big B

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2011, 11:29 AM IST

New York: A US-based Sikh human rights group has lodged a criminal complaint against megastar Amitabh Bachchan with authorities in Australia, where he is set to receive an honorary doctorate, for his alleged role in instigating and abetting the 1984 Sikh riots.

The complaint has been filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) with Christopher Craigie, Director Commonwealth Public Prosecutions in Australia.

It has been lodged under Australia`s `Criminal Code Act 1995` which states that Australian courts can have jurisdiction over cases involving crimes against humanity irrespective of whether the offense was committed in Australia or not.

The 69-year old actor is currently in Sydney shooting for `The Great Gatsby` that co-stars Titanic actor Leonardo Di Caprio.

He will also be honoured by the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane on Thursday when he will receive an honorary doctorate.

PTI