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Barabanki court dismisses petition against Amitabh Bachchan

A court in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki district today dismissed a petition seeking a case against Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan for not honouring his commitment to build a women's college. Masoodul Hasan reports.

india Updated: Jun 12, 2010 01:45 IST
Masoodul Hasan
Masoodul Hasan
Hindustan Times

The additional magistrate of Barabanki, Shiv Chandra Yadav, on Friday rejected the petition of village pradhan of Daulatpur, Rajkumari Singh, against megastar Amitabh Bachchan for registration of case against him and others.

The court while rejecting the petition said that in the absence of adequate proofs, no order could be issued for registration of the case.

The petitioner's lawyer during hearing told the court that Amitabh Bachchan had on affidavit said that he wanted to donate his land (khasara number 711 and 793) in Daulatpur village to Gram Sabha. The village pradhan had given permission for donation after the receipt of the letter.

Later the land was given to Nishtha Foundation for the construction of Aishwarya Rai Degree College. The petitioner also accused Bachchan of diverting the fund collected from MLA/MP area development fund for the college.

The petitioner said when she raised the issue local people connected with Bachchan attacked her house and threatened to kill her. When the police refused to register the case she moved the court last month.

However after hearing the case the court said the proofs were inadequate and case could not be filed against Bachchan and seven others.

The pradhan has however decided to approach session court to get justice. On behalf of Raj Kumari, her son Avenendra Singh had moved a petition.

In her petition Raj Kumari had also charged that the actor had "cheated" people by announcing to set up Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Mahavidyala Degree College in the village in 2008. Even after two years no work has been

Amitabh Bachchan had purchased 16 bighas of land in Daulatpur (Barabanki) in 2006 and 2007. He had announced setting up of the college for girls in the backward area of the district.

In 2008, a foundation laying ceremony was organized in Daulatpur. Big – B, along with Jaya Prada, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai attended the function along with the SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh.

The Nishtha Foundation run by actress and MP Jaya Prada was entrusted with the task of constructing the college. In her complaint Raj Kumari stated when she contacted Devendra Kumar, an office bearer of the Nishtha Foundation, to get update over the construction she was threatened by Kumar and his associates. But Devendra denied the charge.

First Published: Jun 11, 2010 19:50 IST