Saif Ali Khan has been asked to appear before a local metropolitan magistrate court in Mumbai on June 18, the next date of hearing in the 2012 assault case. Giving "a last chance" to the actor, the court warned that a warrant would be issued if the actor failed to be present at the next hearing.
Saif and his two friends -- Bilal Amrohi and Shakkel Ladak -- were
following a complaint filed by Iqbal Mir Sharma, an NRI businessman, after an alleged fight at a restaurant inside Taj Hotel in Mumbai on February 22, 2012. The three were later released on bail.
The court has framed
against them under Sections 325 (assault) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code. They have pleaded innocence. According to the police, when Sharma protested the raucous chatter of the actor and his friends, Saif allegedly threatened him and subsequently punched Sharma in the nose, fracturing it. The NRI businessman also accused Saif and his friends of hitting his father-in-law Raman Patel. Saif, on the other hand, said that Sharma made provocative statements and used abusive language against the women accompanying him (including his wife, actor Kareena Kapoor and her sister Karishma) which led to a spat.
The court had, on March 19, directed Saif to remain present on Monday as the first witness and complainant Iqbal Sharma was to depose against the actor. However, Khan's lawyer on Monday filed exemption application saying the actor could not make it as he was shooting abroad for an ad film.
Prosecutor Wajid Sheikh objected to the application and sought issuance of warrant against Saif. Magistrate Shankar Dabhade gave him a last chance to appear after Khan's lawyer said he will make sure the actor remained present on the next date.