CIC serves notice to Big B on UP poll campaign
Times of India 2 Oct 2007, 1818 hrs IST,PTI
LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Information Commission has served a notice to Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan asking him what was the basis for his election slogan on TV channels to suggest that crime was less in the state.
His slogan ‘UP me hai dum, jurm hai yahan kam’ was aired by the news channels during assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh during April-May this year.
Chief Information Commissioner M A Khan gave the order on a complaint of one Brijbhushan Dubey of Ghazipur, who sought to know under the Right to Information Act, the basis of his claim and fixed October 15 as the next date of hearing.
The order, however, said that if Bachchan gave his reply to the complainant by a registered mail before Oct 15, he need not appear before the state information commission.
Dubey, on March 30, had sought to know from the superstar on the basis of which central report he claimed that crime was less in UP and to provide certified copy of the report to him.
He also sought to know how much payment was made to Bachchan and by whom, and what was the nature of his contract with the electronic channels.
After failing to get any reply from Bachchan, Dubey had approached the Commission, which fixed two hearings on the matter but no one appeared from Bachchan's side in any of that.
The CIC then served a notice to him asking him to either reply to the complainant before Oct 15 or appear before the commission on the next date of hearing.