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Government not taking back Saif's Padma Shri: Kareena Kapoor

IANS  Mumbai, August 10, 2014
First Published: 17:40 IST(10/8/2014) | Last Updated: 17:44 IST(10/8/2014)

While there were reports that the government is planning to take back Saif Ali Khan's Padma Shri award, the Bollywood actor's wife Kareena Kapoor has put the rumours to rest by saying that the authorities have sent a letter mentioning they are not taking back the award.

"Government has already issued a letter saying they are not taking his Padma Shri back," Kareena told reporters during an event in Mumbai.

The fourth highest civilian honour was conferred on Saif Ali Khan in 2010 for his contribution in the field of art but it was reported that the government is planning to take it back in the wake of a Mumbai court framing charges against him for assaulting an NRI businessman at a hotel in Mumbai.

"The letter is out and the media should have received the letter by now. This was given to him three to four years ago and the verdict of this case is not yet out. They are not revoking Saif's Padma Shri," Kareena added.

It was reported that Saif hit a South Africa-based businessman on his nose at a Colaba hotel in February 2012.

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