Shahrukh Khan summoned by Jaipur court for smoking in public!

A lawyer in the Pink City has filed a case against the King Khan, who was seen smoking a cigarette during the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals IPL match

Superstar actor Shahrukh Khan, who set the screen afire in his last film (Don 2), has now got into a spot of legal trouble for puffing on a cigarette in public. He has been summoned by a court in Jaipur for lighting up during an IPL match on April 8 at the Sawai Madho Singh Stadium. The matter is due for hearing on May 26. The complaint was filed by lawyer Nem Singh Rathore on behalf of the Jaipur Cricket Academy against the actor, reportedly for smoking as he watched from the stands during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders. According to news sources Rathore said, “Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000. However, Shah Rukh Khan was smoking publicly in front of thousands of spectators. The actor was broadcast live while smoking on the TV channel which was showing the match.”

For a while now there have been objections raised to smoking depicted onscreen – in fact, a case was filed against Amitabh Bachchan a while ago by the National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication objecting to his being shown smoking in a commercial for electrical appliances. The case is still in court. But the battle has not raged too fiercely where the private lives of Bollywoodians is concerned. Now this complaint against SRK takes the fight to a higher level, which could be seen as public interference into the personal sphere. Where does civic responsibility stop and intrusiveness come into the picture? We wait to find out how SRK and his battery of lawyers will respond to this legal summons. Until then, we watch the un-catchable Don blow smoke rings with a certain fascinated wonder…

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