The Bombay high court on Thursday dismissed criminal proceedings brought by a magistrate court against actor Salman Khan and his bodyguard, as a result of a complaint made by a journalist in 2019. The journalist claimed that the actor had gotten into a fight with him after he attempted to record and photograph him while he was cycling in Andheri.
After the journalist Ashok Pandey complained that Khan had stopped him from taking pictures or videos of him while riding a bicycle, the actor’s security allegedly snatched his phone and threatened him.
Khan, who was asked to appear before the magistrate in April, went to the HC and pleaded for the summons and the actions were taken against him to be quashed.
The order had earlier been stayed by the HC. Senior attorney Aabad Ponda explained to the bench during Khan’s defence that the complainant had improved upon his complaint before the magistrate and that there had been legal errors because the complaint had not been adequately verified as required by the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The lawyer for Pandey had claimed that the actor and his bodyguards had threatened, harassed, and snatched his phone during the incident, leaving him traumatized when he made the original police report.
The summons was quashed and set aside by Justice Dangre because the complaint had been improved and the proper process had not been followed when it was issued.
When the phone snatching event happened in 2019, the journalist had reported the actor’s bodyguard to the authorities for alleged offences.
Later, he went to the magistrate court to ask for guidance on how to file a police report (FIR) against the actor under the IPC’s provisions 324 (voluntarily causing harm), 392 (robbery), 426 (committing mischief), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The judge had summoned the actor and ordered him to appear in person, but after the police submitted a report, he stated that a case was made out only under sections 504 and 506 of the IPC.
Khan then went to the HC to request the order be revoked.
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