Mumbai: Three years after actor Saif Ali Khan was booked for assaulting a businessman at a SoBo hotel, the Esplanade court on Thursday suggested the case be sent to a mediation centre, where Khan and the complaint, NRI businessman Iqbal Sharma, can sort out the issue.
The court was to begin the trial of the case on Thursday, with the examination of Sharma, the first witness. However, he was not present for the hearing. Khan had reported to the court at 11.30am.
Considering the charges, the court asked the actor and the prosecution if the case could be referred to the mediation centre. The actor’s advocate Girish Kulkarni agreed to the proposal, while prosecutor Wajid Sheikh said if the complainant agreed, they were willing to try the option.
The court has now adjourned the case to July 27.
According to the prosecution, on February 22, 2012, Khan was dining at the Taj Mahal hotel with a group of 12 people from the film industry, including his wife Kareena Kapoor, sister-in-law Karisma Kapoor, and actors Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora. The complainant alleged the group was very large and noisy, and was disturbing other people.
In his complaint, Sharma said he objected to the din Khan’s party was creating and approached the restaurant authorities. This enraged the actor and he, along with two of his friends, assaulted Sharma.
After the incident, the Colaba police station had registered a complaint against Khan and two others. The charge sheet was filed on December 21, 2012.