SC issues notices on Richard Gere's plea
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices on a plea of Hollywood actor Richard Gere seeking to stay the arrest warrant issued against him by different courts in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in relation to the Shilpa Shetty kissing row.
The court sought response from the complainants on the actor's plea seeking transfer of the cases outside those states.
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