A social activist has filed a complaint in a local court seeking action against Bollywood actor Salman Khan for launching a website with information on the 2002 hit-and-run case involving him, alleging that it was contempt of court.
According to the complaint, the website was launched by the actor recently. A Mumbai sessions court ruled last month that the actor must be tried for culpable homicide not amounting for murder in the case -- a serious charge under IPC which attracts 10 years' punishment in jail. "When the case is underway and matter sub-judice, how can he use Internet to spread information about the proceedings?" activist Hemant Patil asked in his complaint according to his lawyer Wajid Khan. Patil claimed said that the Bandra police station refused to register a complaint against Salman in this regard and hence he decided to move the magistrate's court. The complaint alleged that Salman is using a website to spread information about the court proceedings and inviting comments from the general public when his hit-and-run case and other cases are still subjudice. This is also a violation of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, the complaint alleged. The magistrate has accepted Patil's complaint and scheduled it for hearing on August 5.