A petition filed against Bollywood actors Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty for allegedly using derogatory words for a particular community was rejected by the Ludhiana High Court on Tuesday. The petition was filed by Narinder Adia, a city-based advocate.
The petition filed under section 295A of the IPC (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) was rejected by the judicial magistrate (first class) Sumit Sabherwal. Magistrate also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Adia for filing a court case against the actors without any reasonable cause.
Adia accused the actors of addressing the 'Valmiki community' as ‘Bhangi’ on separate TV shows.
Recently the lawyer made headlines when actress Rakhi Sawant submitted an apology letter for settling a case, where she was accused of insulting the Valmiki community.
“As the court has not proceeded to summon the accused, the cost of Rs 10,000 is imposed on the complainant. The same is to be paid to the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) failing which the complainant shall undergo simple imprisonment for 30 days,” Hindustan Times quoted the court’s verdict.
“All that complainant has been alleging is that religious feelings have been hurt as both the accused have called themselves ‘Bhangi’. In these set of circumstances, comparing oneself with ‘Bhangi’ in the absence of intentional and deliberate malice to hurt the other person, cannot be said to have been sufficing for prosecution for the alleged offenses under the SC/ST Act," the verdict further stated.
“The said ingredient is squarely missing in the present complaint. Merely placing on record photographs and newspapers pertaining to irking of people of the caste concerned holding demonstration, ipso facto, does not suffice the commission of offenses alleged,” the court said.
Adia informed that he had deposited the amount in court.
“I have deposited the amount in court. I am mulling filing an appeal against the order,” HT quoted him as saying.
Information Source: HT