Bollywood actor and co-owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Shah Rukh Khan has landed up in legal trouble for smoking publicly during an IPL match in Jaipur.
Jaipur Cricket Accademi Director Anand Singh Rathore has filed a complaint in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate in Jaipur seeking legal action against SRK and the policemen manning the stadium gate. Taking note of complaint, the court will hear the case on April 12.
In the complaint, Lawyer Nem Singh Rathore, who filed the case on behalf of Anand, said, "Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000. However, Shah Rukh Khan smoked publicly in front of thousands of spectators. The actor was broadcast live while smoking on the TV channel which was covering the match."
The complaint also points the finger at the negligence on the part of police, who allowed the star to carry the cigarettes inside the stadium. The complaint also adds, "The police was confiscating any objectionable items including cigarettes while frisking. However, it seems Shah Rukh was allowed to carry the cigarette packet into the stadium which is negligence on part of the police also."
The video evidence that claims the actor smoked in the stadium during the match has been handed over to the court.
"It is a lapse on the part of police and administration as they allowed Khan to enter the stadium with cigarettes. Beside seeking the court's intervention, another question I have raised is how cigarette was allowed inside the stadium. Logon ki to panni ki bottle tak rakh late hai, but SRK ko cigarette le jaane di," Times of India quoted Anand as saying.
"I have given them a CD apart from some photographs wherein the actor is clearly seen smoking," he added.
"The reports will be submitted to BCCI, as well as other departments for appropriate action," said a senior officer.
This is not the first time Shah Rukh has got into legal trouble for public smoking. He has got into trouble several times for smoking in public.