Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday night registered an FIR against cinestar Amitabh Bachchan and Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh for allegedly misusing their positions and siphoning off public money during the tenure of the previous Mulayam Singh Yadav government in the state.
The FIR was lodged by one Shiv Kumar Tiwari in which he stated that Singh, who was chairman of Uttar Pradesh State Development Council during Yadav’s tenure, collected money for setting up industries and later squandered the money. ”It is a fraud committed in the name of public of this state,” Tiwari said in his FIR lodged in Babupurwa police station.
In the four-page FIR, Tiwari said Singh and Bachchan had worked in tandem to squander the money.
Senior police officials are silent over the FIR, saying only investigation will reveal whether they are guilty or not. Reacting sharply to the issue, Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhry alleged that the FIR was politically motivated. How can people like Amitabh Bachchan and Amar Singh would squander money, he questioned.
Amar Singh was the Chairman of the UP Development Council, cinestar Amitabh Bachchan was the Brand Ambassador of UP and had done several advertisements to attract investments. However, the amount siphoned off is yet to be ascertained.
The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB)who has opposed Public-Interest Litigation (PILs) filed against the controversial Triple Talaq in the Supreme Court, on Wednesday said that the board will do away with the practice of verbal divorce in one-and-a half years, adding that there is no need for government interference.”The Triple Talaq practice has ruined many Muslim families all over India till date. Gender equality and the dignity of women were non- negotiable and cannot broke compromise. The board has decided to end the practice of triple talaq itself in one-and-a-half years so the government should not interfere in the matter,” Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamna quoted Vice president of AIMPLB, Dr Sayeed Sadiq as saying.
The statement comes after the AIMPLB claimed that it had received 3.50 crore forms from Muslim women around the country favouring Shariyat and triple talaq.
“We have received 3.50 crore forms in favour of Shariyat and triple talaq from Muslim women in the country and the number of women against these are very less,” chief organizer of the AIMPLB’s women wing Asma Zohra said while addressing a gathering of around 20,000 women at a workshop in Eidgah on April 9.
A five-judge constitution bench of the apex court will start hearing from May 11 petitions against the Islamic divorce practice of triple talaq that is said to be biased against women.
The court will hear pleas filed several Muslim women challenging the practice under which men can divorce their wives instantly by uttering the word talaq (divorce) thrice.