Village head moves court against Amitabh Bachchan, others

Barabanki: Head of Daulatpur village has moved a district court here seeking permission to file case against megastar Amitabh Bachchan and five others over delay in starting work on setting up a college named after Aishwariya Rai.

Gram pradhan Raj Kumari moved the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) yesterday for filing case against Bachchan senior and others.

The court would take up the matter on May 31. In the application filed on her behalf by her son, the village chief alleged that Bachchan had cheated the people by announcing setting up of Aishwariya Rai Bachchan Mahavidyalay in the village where no work has started even after lapse of long time.

The cinestar 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 a college in the name of his actress daughter-in-law.

The foundation laying ceremony and a public meeting was also held there in 2008 in the presence of the Bachchan family, Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav and expelled SP leader Amar Singh.

According to the complainant, works on the college as per the announcement had to be carried out by Nishtha foundation of expelled SP MP Jaya Prada but "Whenever we contacted Devendra Rai of the foundation he threatened us".