Sailesh Krishna, principal secretary to UP chief minister Mayawati, has been entrusted with the task of monitoring the Amitabh Bachchan land case in Barabanki district. Krishna maintains that the state government is pressing ahead with its case of forgery and fraud against the star. Excerpts from an interview to Sharat Pradhan:
Is the state government considering withdrawing the case against Amitabh Bachchan?
There is no question of withdrawing the case. I fail to understand under what authority the gram sabha counsel chose to declare that Bachchan could be absolved of all charges if he relinquished his claim to the Daulatpur land.
So, what is the position of the state government vis-a-vis Amitabh Bachchan?
The administration did detect a fraud and forgery in the said allotment of gram sabha land. And the beneficiary was none other than Amitabh Bachchan. The government counsel has already made it loud and clear that we are not prepared to go by any assurance given by the gram sabha counsel, whose conduct surely arouses...