Ranbir Kapoor pleads guilty for smoking publicly

The actor had been accused of publicly smoking in Udaipur during the shoot of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of smoking publicly during his film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewanis shoot in Rajasthan’s Udaipur district about four months ago. The actor sought exemption from personal appearance in the case, a lawyer said. Kapoor, who was represented by three lawyers, had been accused of publicly smoking at Gangaur Ghat in Udaipur March 28.

“Harish Vaishnav had approached the court saying that the actor violated the law by smoking publicly. The court issued summons to the actor on May 31, which was delivered to his house in Mumbai by the police recently,” said advocate KK Purohit, who represented the actor in the court on Thursday.

“We filed an application pleading guilty to the charges under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act and seeking exemption for Kapoor’s personal appearance before the court,” said Purohit. The lawyer pleaded that the offence was mistakenly done by the actor and he (Kapoor) has assured the court that this kind of thing would not be repeated.

The court has fixed August 27 for the next hearing in the case, he added. The additional chief judicial magistrate had summoned Kapoor to appear before his court on July 26 on a complaint that he publicly smoked during the shooting of his movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani in the town, some 300kms from Jaipur. 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.