Caveat filed in HC in Bachchan ads case

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Lucknow, Oct 4 (UNI) A caveat was filed in Lucknow Bench of Allahabad High Court relating to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) notice to Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan for his TV advertisements claiming crime rate in UP was much less compared to other states.

The caveat 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.

In his caveat, 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.

In his September 26 order, 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 ads.

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 clarified 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.


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