Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday rejected suggestions that Chief Minister Mayawati was behind the notice served to superstar Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly undervaluing stamp duty for a plot in the state's Barabanki district.
"The way in which some persons are distorting the matter and making baseless allegations against the government was an attempt to malign image of the Chief Minister Mayawati", an official release said here in an apparent response to Samajwadi Party MP and Amitabh's wife Jaya Bachchan's charge that Mayawati was pursuing action against her husband for "cheap publicity".
"The fact it that it's an action initiated by the district administration in which no directives have been given from Chief Minister's level", the release said.
"It's a small matter and was not even in the knowledge of at the senior level government", it added.
The issuance of the notice under Indian Stamps Act was a judicial process initiated by the district administration and the state government had not interfered in anyway in that process, the government said.
It has nothing to do with the Supreme Court's decision in favour of Bachchan, it said adding that after registration of any land, the sub-registrar verifies the documents and issues notices, if anamolies were found.
Amitabh bought the land during the rule of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav government and in January this year he laid the foundation stone for a girls college named after his daughter-in-law and actress Aishwarya Rai.