Shahrukh Khan pleads guilty to smoking in Jaipur stadium
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan Saturday pleaded guilty through his lawyers to the costs of
smoking publicly on the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here during an Indian Premier League match
last month and sought exemption from appearing personally before a court, a lawyer said.
The additional chief judicial metropolitan magistrate had summoned Shah Rukh to seem before
his court May 26 on a complaint that he publicly smoked on the Sawai Man Singh Stadium while
watching the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders April 8.
According to a Rajasthan law, an offender could face maximum imprisonment of six months or
a maximum fine of Rs.200 for smoking in public.
Shah Rukh, who’s co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders team, was represented by three
“Khan’s lawyers filed an application under section 206 and 253 of the Criminal Procedure Code
(CrPC), pleading guilty to the costs under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act and seeking
exemption for Khan’s personal appearance before the court,” said lawyer Nem Singh Rathore,
who filed the complaint on behalf of Jaipur Cricket Academy director Anand Singh Rathore.
Shah Rukh’s lawyers said it was a petty offence and their client was able to pay the fine
imposed under the law.
Nem Singh Rathore added that he objected to exempting Shah Rukh from personal appearance
before the court. “The court will hear further arguments June 21,” he said.
“Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000 under the Rajasthan Prevention of
Smoking Act. However, Shah Rukh Khan was smoking publicly in front of thousands of
spectators. The actor was broadcast live while smoking at the TV channel which was showing
the match,” he added.
The lawyer said that spectators were being allowed into the stadium only after frisking.
“Police were confiscating any objectionable items, including cigarettes, while frisking. However,
it sort of feels Shah Rukh was allowed to hold the cigarette packet into the stadium that is
negligence on a part of police also,” the complainant said.
The court has fixed June 21 for next hearing within the case. – IANS