Petition filed in Bachchan ads case

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Lucknow, Nov 6 (UNI) A petition was filed before the Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court against Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan for his TV advertisements during the state Assembly election, claiming crime rate in UP was much less compared to the other states.

The petition was filed by Braj Bhushan Dubey of Ghazipur district, on whose Right To Information (RTI) application, CIC Justice (Retd) M A Khan had already issued a notice to Big B on October 15.

In his petition, Mr Dubey has prayed that if Bachchan moved the HC challenging the CIC order, the former be given information to put up his contention on the date of hearing.

The Big B had played the lead in a series of TV campaigns on the crime situation in UP during the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government.

The CIC had asked Bachchan to reply by October 15 on his claims that the crime situation in UP was better than other states.

Big B had quoted figures from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in the advertisements.

The Commission also directed that the notice be sent by registered post to the actor, who was also the former member of the dissolved UP Development Council (UPDC), which was headed by senior Samajwadi Party leader and MP Amar Singh.

In his seven - point application, Mr Dubey had demanded that Bachchan clarify the basis of his claim that '' UP mein hai dum, kyonki jurm yaha hai kam.'' The application was sent to the Commission on March 30 during the state assembly poll, while it was registered with the CIC on June 14.

The High Court would hear the case on November 13.


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