A district court on Friday ordered an FIR against Bollywood singer Abhijeet and jewellery designer Farah Ali Khan for posting "derogatory" comments against the poor sleeping on the footpaths following Salman Khan's conviction in 2002 hit-and-run case.
They have been accused of promoting enmity and provocation with intent of causing riot.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) Ram Chandra Prasad instructed that an FIR be registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code with the Kazi Mohammadpur Police Station in Muzaffarpur district's Chhattapur city, PTI reported.
The court gave the direction while hearing a case filed by Sudhir Kumar Ojha. The said police station was chosen to file an FIR as the complainant belonged to Chhattapur.
The complainant decided to approach a court after reading a newspaper where their remarks against the poor were published. In the complaint, he said that he was hurt by "derogatory" remarks made by Abhijeet.
Both will face charges under IPC Sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).
Soon after a sessions court, on Wednesday, convicted Bollywood star Salman Khan, both Abhijeet and Farah posted a series of tweets on social media platform Twitter, condemning poor who spend nights on the streets.
— abhijeet (@abhijeetsinger) May 6, 2015
It's like penalising a train driver because someone decided to cross the tracks and got killed in the bargain. #salmankhancase
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) May 6, 2015