The time when the world of cricket is waiting for Shahenshah of Bollywood to commentate on the much awaited World Cup clash between India and Pakistan, just then a twist in the tale came when a criminal complaint has been filed against Amitabh Bachchan in Australia for his alleged role in inciting and instigating genocidal violence against the Sikh community in November 1984 in Delhi.
The complaints have been filed under section 268.117, 15.4 and 16.1 of The Criminal Code Act of 1995 along with international criminal court act 2002 which is supported by UP resident Ajmer Singh Randhawa and Babu Singh Dukhia, resident of Delhi, witnesses on behalf of widows, victims and survivors of 1984 anti Sikh violence.
This is the second such incident as the same was witnessed in October 2011 when Big-B was in Australia for the shooting of Hollywood flick ‘Great Gatsby’.
It is alleged that Amitabh Bachchan, a close friend of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, raised the slogans likeKhoon ka badla Khoon (Blood for Blood) after her assassination which went viral after the Doordarshan broadcast that resulted in the massacre of Sikhs.
Randhawa claimed that he saw Amitabh Bachchan along with Rajiv Gandhi at Teen Murthi Bhawan raising slogan ofKhoon ka Badla khoon on Doordarshan on November 1, 1984 where assassinated PM’s body was to enable people to pay her last tributes adding that he was the first celebrity who was involved in such incident and since he committed such action on national broadcasting channel, the impact was so intense that it took the lives of many innocent Sikhs.
The complaint has also been forwarded to Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and Australian Federal Police who share the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting crimes against humanity and genocide.
As per TOI report, “Under these acts, Commonwealth has extra territorial jurisdiction over the crimes against humanity and genocide committed anywhere in the world,” said SFJ legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannun.
“Section 268.117 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 provides that Australian courts have jurisdiction in cases involving crimes against humanity whether or not the offense was committed in Australia”, he added.
The Supreme Sikh Council, a representative body of Sikhs in Australia with members throughout the Commonwealth is coordinating with human rights group SFJ to pursue the complaint with Attorney General, informed Pannun.