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Smoking in stadium: Actor Varun Badola, director Apoorva Lakhia fined

On Saturday, two matches of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) were scheduled to be played at Sector 16 cricket stadium in Chandigarh, where a few members indulged in smoking

punjab Updated: Feb 06, 2016 20:48 IST
Actor Varun Badola and director Apoorva Lakhia.
Actor Varun Badola and director Apoorva Lakhia.(HT file photos)

A day after photograph of a TV actor, a film director, and another person with them was published in a Hindi daily where they were shown smoking in the Sector-16 cricket stadium, the UT tobacco control cell issued challan on Saturday under Section 4 of Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).

The celebrities in alleged violation are identified as writer-director Apoorva Lakhia, known for movies like Shootout at Lokhandwala and Zanjeer, actor Varun Badola, and a third person identified as Karan.

On Saturday, two matches of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) were scheduled to be played at Sector 16 cricket stadium. A day before, three teams reached the stadium for practice, where a few members indulged in smoking, in alleged violation of Section 4 of COTPA.

Dr Deepak Bakshi, state nodal officer, tobacco control cell, Chandigarh, along with deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Jagbir, visited the stadium and handed over a copy of challan to the three celebrities.

“Ideally, they should be more responsible. But celebrities usually think that they can break laws and can easily get away with it, but this is not the case in Chandigarh,” said Bakshi.

“In the past the tobacco control cell, UT, Chandigrah had issued challans to painter-sculptor Jatin Das, actors Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn for violating the provisions of COTPA,” added Bakshi.