The Gujarat High Court stayed the summons issued by the Gujarat railway police against Shah Rukh Khan in connection with the death of a youth at Vadodara railway station when the actor was promoting his film Raees.
Shah Rukh was traveling via August Kranti Express from Mumbai to Delhi to promote his film Raees earlier this year. When the train halted at Vadodara and he came out to wave at the crowd, there was a stampede at the railway platform. During the chaos, Farid Khan, a Vadodara resident died of heart attack. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu asked the state DGP of railway police to investigate the incident.
Following this, the railway police had issued summons to the actor. SRK moved the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday pleading innocence in the incident.
Justice J.B. Pardiwala stayed the summons on Thursday and issued notice to the railway police and the Gujarat government. However, the court wondered that if the actor could come to Gujarat to promote his film why not on a call by the police.
Raees which marked the Bollywood debut of Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, also sparked controversy for featuring her in the film. In the wake of September 18 Uri attack, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) imposed a ban on Pakistani artists from working here in India. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the film featured SRK in a never before seen avatar.
On the film front, SRK is gearing up for Imtiaz Ali’s next untitled film which also stars actress Anushka Sharma in the lead.
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