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Jaipur: A lower court in Jaipur summoned Bollywood actor and co-owner of IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan to appear in person for a hearing on a petition which claimed that he was smoking in public at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium during an IPL match.
The court of additional chief judicial magistrate (ACJM) Shilpa Sameer stated that Khan was prima facie accused under section 5/11 of Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking Act, 2000, which prohibits smoking at a public place.
The court summon was issued on a complaint filed by Anand Singh Rathore, director of a city-based private cricket academy. In his complaint, Rathore had sought action against Khan for smoking at a public place. Khan was seen smoking on April 8 during a match between the teams of Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, the petitioner said.
The petitioner also said that Union minister CP Joshi, ministers and senior officials were present when the incident took place at the stadium.
Singh filed the complaint on April 9 after pictures of Khan puffing away were published in newspapers the next day.
Singh’s counsel said that there is a provision of penalty of Rs 200 for violation of the act for the first time. The court has directed Khan to appear for hearing on the case before the next hearing on May 26. The petitioner said that visitors were checked during their entrance into the stadium and accompaniments like cigarettes and other tobacco products were seized by the security personnel. The petition questioned how was then Shah Rukh Khan allowed to carry cigarettes into the stadium by the Jyoti Nagar police?