Wankhede scuf­fle case: Clean chit to Shah Rukh Khan op­posed

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - STAFF RE­PORTER

An ac­tivist has op­posed the clo­sure re­port of the Mum­bai Po­lice where it has given a clean chit to Bollywood su­per­star Shah Rukh Khan, who was ac­cused of abus­ing a se­cu­rity per­son­nel at the Wankhede sta­dium in 2012 dur­ing an IPL match. The ac­tivist has claimed that the po­lice filed the clo­sure re­port, only to “favour” Khan.

Though the in­ci­dent took place in 2012, the ac­tivist – Amit Maru – moved the Mag­is­trate court in April, last year. He had sought is­suance of pro­ceed­ings against the ac­tor un­der the pro­vi­sions of ob­scen­ity, claim­ing that the ac­tor had used a ‘filthy’ lan­guage in pub­lic.

Ad­vo­cate Aditya Pratap, ap­pear­ing for Maru, on Saturday told the mag­is­trate that the in­ves­ti­ga­tors were look­ing to favour SRK. He told the judge that the po­lice has not made any at­tempt to look into the videos and au­dios of the in­ci­dent, that were aired by sev­eral news chan­nels.

Pratap said, “The en­tire in­ci­dent was cap­tured by the me­dia and also the CCTV cam­eras in the sta­dium. The footages of the press are avail­able on the in­ter­net (YouTube).”

“We still fail to un­der­stand why the po­lice has not looked into it. Look­ing at the con­duct of the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, we can say that they are just try­ing to favour the ac­tor. They want to ex­on­er­ate him,” Pratap added.

It may be re­called that Maru had filed a pri­vate com­plaint with the mag­is­trate in April 2016 and within a span of four months, the Mum­bai po­lice had filed its clo­sure re­port in Septem­ber. The po­lice had given a clean chit to Khan, af­ter claim­ing to have found no pros­e­cute­able ma­te­rial against him.

Af­ter hear­ing Pratap’s ar­gu­ments, the mag­is­trate ad­journed the mat­ter till Septem­ber 18.

It may be re­called that post this in­ci­dent, the ac­tor was banned from en­ter­ing the Wankhede sta­dium for five years by the Mum­bai Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, how­ever, the cricket body lifted the ban in 2015.

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