Mumbai, Aug 4: Bollywood Badshah and King Khan Shahrukh Khan ended up paying a fine of Rs 100 for smoking in public. He who owns IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders, was summoned by the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate on a complaint that he was seen smoking on 8 April during a match between his team and Rajasthan Royals. Sharukh escaped with a paltry fine of Rs 100, less than the cost of his cigarette box, after having pleaded guilty before a court here.
Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate S C Godara, Jaipur City, allowed Khan to pay the fine through his defense lawyer giving relief to Salman from appearing in person in court. Salman , had pleaded guilty and expressed his willingness to pay fine before the court which had also allowed him exemption from personal appearance.The complaint was filed by owner of a private cricket academy.In his complaint, Anand Singh, who runs the Jaipur Cricket Academy, had sought action against Khan under section 5/11 of Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking Act, 2000, which prohibits smoking at a public place.He had sought action against Mr Khan under section 5 read with 11 of Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking Act, 2000, which prohibits smoking at a public places.
Mr Singh filed the complaint on April 9 on the basis of pictures published in newspapers the next day after IPL match in which SRK was seen puffing away in public.Anti-tobacco activists have been demanding that government bring in provisions for harsher punishment, including a big fine and imprisonment especially for habitual offenders of anti-tobacco law, "Such a step would deter habitual offenders like film-stars who usually think they are above law and for whom the nominal fine is not a big deal," Shekhar Salkar, General Secretary of National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), had said.