Soha Ali Khan has been issued a show cause notice by the Gurgaon police for obtaining a licence for the gun allegedly used by her father, former cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, in January 2000 to kill a black buck.
Law and order
When questioned on the subject, Soha was initially reluctant to comment, pointing out that it was a delicate matter and a legal issue. But after a little probing, she said, "I have never gone against the law nor kept anything away from it."
She prefers to be discreet because "the matter is subjudice."
The point to note is that when the licence was issued in November 1996, the actress was only 18. The minimum age for a gun licence is 21 years.
Khan sets the record straight. "It's my right as a citizen of India to apply for a gun licence once I'm of age the same way that I would apply for a passport or a driving licence.
"It is up to the issuing authority to accept the application or reject it. When I applied for the licence, it was done in accordance with the law. Your question needs to be posed to them, not me."
Quiz her on her on-off relationship with actor Siddharth and she says, "If you give me a form with two boxes that ask, ‘single' or ‘married', I'll tick ‘single'."
Smart! But what about the third box that asks ‘engaged'?