Amitabh Bachchan, whose name figures in the Panama Papers, is the brand ambassador to tell Indians not to defecate in the open. It is a sad commentary that even more than six decades after independence we have to appeal to people not to ease themselves in the open. Now the Income Tax dept has sent notices to Big B despite his denial of any links to accounts in Panama. The International Consortium of Journalists had dug up evidence against him, among others, and it is currently being probed by the IT department. The question is when the Central govt makes the actor the brand ambassador of one of its campaigns, will any IT guy in his senses dare proceed against the ageing superstar?
Another case in point is that of Salman Khan, against whom the appeal in the hit n run case is pending. He has been roped in by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation(BMC), to tell Mumbaikars not to defecate in the open. The Devendra Fadnavis govt which had described the Bombay High Court judgment a “travesty of justice” and has gone in appeal against Salman Khan’s acquittal, has not objected to the BMC hiring Salman. The BMC comes under the urban development ministry which is held by CM Phadnavis. This effectively compromises the state govt’s appeal before the Supreme Court. How can the prosecution act impartially when Salman Khan’s clout vis a vis the state govt is well known now? Couldn’t the BMC get anyone else to be the brand ambassador of its anti-open-sh*tting campaign? Why everything has to be a scam in our country? More importantly what kind of message does this send to the youth of the country? That you can commit a crime as long as you have the wealth/ contacts to get away with it?
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