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Om Puri served notice for smoking at public place

entertainment Updated: Feb 06, 2012 16:11 IST
Ravinder Vasudeva

After some newspapers published pictures of Om Puri smoking at a public place, health officials served notice on the actor through commissioner, Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC).

The actor was caught in camera smoking on the campus of Sardar Patel College, where he had come to take part in the international film festival that concluded on Saturday.

The notice was served on the actor through BMC commissioner after a special team of the health department, headed by district health officer (DHO), failed to confront Om Puri personally despite their best efforts.

As per Patiala civil surgeon Varinder Singh Mohi, the special team reached Hotel Iqbal Inn on Rajpura Road, where the actor was staying. "But the actor had left the hotel before our team reached there," said Mohi.

To handover the notice personally to Om Puri, the team even went to Sanaur town thinking the actor could have gone to visit his relatives there, but their visit didn't yield result. "The relatives refused to receive the notice," said the civil surgeon.

Later in the evening, the health authorities decided to serve notice on the actor through BMC commissioner.

"Since the exact address of Puri, who lives in Mumbai, was not available with us. So, by using the provisions of Anti-Tobacco Act, we decided to serve notice on Puri before slapping a fine on him," said the civil surgeon.

Om Puri is the second Bollywood actor, who has been caught violating the anti-smoking law in Patiala in the last around seven months. In June last year, Salman Khan was fined Rs 200 for smoking in a city hotel.

In the notice served on the actor, the district administration has asked the actor to explain why a fine should not be imposed on him for violating the anti-tobacco law.

"The actor has been given the time of 10 days to file a reply," Mohi said.