The Supreme Court has sought a response from a woman on whose complaint a case was begun against Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty over the much-publicised peck from the Hollywood star to the Bollywood beauty.
The woman’s reaction is being sought on a petition filed by Gere, who faces an arrest warrant.
The bench headed by Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan issued the notice to Poonam Chand Bhandari who had moved a court in Jaipur seeking action against them for indecency in public.
The notices were issued to Bhandari after her lawyer claimed Gere had tried to mislead the court by naming the complainant’s dead father as the respondent in his case.
Jaipur Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Dinesh Gupta had on April 27, 2007, issued the arrest warrant against Gere and Shilpa for “indecent representation of sexual activities” in public.
Appearing for Gere, senior counsel Indira Jaisingh said her client “has no qualms in submitting to the authority of the Indian law”, but seeks protection against unnecessary arrest as he wants to visit India in March.