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Saif Ali Khan has tiff with CISF at Lucknow airport

Agencies  Lucknow, March 22, 2013
First Published: 10:35 IST(22/3/2013) | Last Updated: 18:08 IST(22/3/2013)

An ugly row ensued when Bollywood star Saif Ali Khan sat in the VIP lounge and was asked to move out by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) as he was not in the list of VIPs entitled to the facility.

The 42-year-old actor, who was in the city for the shooting of Tigmanshu Dhulia's upcoming directorial Bullet Raja, was on his way to Delhi when he reached the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport and entered the VIP lounge, airport sources said.

An attendant informed Saif that only those who figured in a list authorised by the government could utilise the VIP lounge, and hence he should leave the place, they said. 

"When the actor refused to move out and tried to throw around his weight, he was forcibly evicted from the lounge," said an airport source.

The furious actor then created a scene, only to sober down when senior officials intervened. After the tiff, he waited in the open area like any other traveller and  left on a Jet Airways flight.

Confirming the incident, CISF commandant Gyanendra Kumar told IANS that the actor was asked to leave after airport officials brought it to their  notice that he was an unauthorized occupant of the VIP lounge.

Saif had a talk with airport staff following which he left the lounge and boarded his flight to Delhi, sources said. The administration as well as the airport security officials denied that there was any tiff between the actor and the staff.

(Inputs from PTI and IANS)

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