The ‘Accidental Prime Minister,’ a much-talked about film on former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is again in the news for all the wrong reasons. The film is based on a book written by his media advisor Sanjaya Baru. And the opposition parties in Maharashtra have alleged that funds from Rs 328-crore sugar factory scam was used to make this film.
Vijay Gutte, the son of key accused in the scam, is directing the film. Gutte has produced films like Badmashiyaan and Emotional Atyachar.
Reportedly, Gangakhed Sugar and Energy Private Limited – a sugar mill possessed by Ratnakar Gutte and others, used names of thousands of farmers from the village in Parbhani district (some of whom were dead) to apply for loans worth Rs 328 crore from different banks. The police began investigation after a Bombay high court order. The incident came to light after some farmers approached the UCO Bank in Gangakhed, Parbhani district for loan.
Gutte said, “There is no connection between the allegations made against me and the movie. My son is an independent person and I don’t get involved in his professional work as I have no knowledge of film-making.” He also said that the allegations against him are. “The charges of loans disbursed in the name of farmers diverted to a sugar mill are superficial in nature,” Gutte added.
Baru’s book gives a detailed account of the term of Dr Manmohan Singh. It sparked a controversy when it was published ahead of the 2014 general polls.