Shahrukh Khan fined Rs. 100 in smoking case
Committing a crime and getting away seems to be the talk of the town in Bollywood. Mr. Shahrukh Khan however had to pay a paltry sum of just rupees 100, as fine for smoking in public.
In May 12, 2012, during a match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Night Riders, at the Swai Man Singh Stadium, the KKR owner was seen smoking a cigarette in full public glare. Under the Rajasthan Prevention of smoking Act, 2000, smoking in public places is banned. The anti-smoking lobby naturally raised a hue and cry over it.
Consequently, Mr. Anand Singh, chairman of JCA (Jaipur Cricket Association) had filed a petition in court against SRK. Shahrukh was asked to appear before the court on May 26th. The Rajasthan court agreed to the offence and said it was an act of “guilt”. The actor has now pleaded guilty finally and was exempted after paying a fine of 100, on Wednesday, August 3rd.
SRK is a chain smoker, which has often landed him in trouble for smoking in public. In 2009, when the IPL was shifted to South Africa, he was seen smoking there at one of the matches. In fact, apart from winning the IPL trophy in 2012, as KKR owner, Shahrukh had hogged enough limelight during the show. He has been most of the time being unapologetic in the beginning, only to tame down later. On May 16th, 2012, after his team KKR had beaten Mumbai Indians, he decided to take a victory stroll in the stadium along with his entourage. When the guard asked him not to do so, he turned hostile, abused and tried to manhandle the security. Following it the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), logged a complaint against him with the police and banned him from entering the stadium for 5 years.
His tryst against authorities and powerful people still continues. The Shiv Sena blacklisted him after he expressed his displeasure of not allowing Pakistani Players to take part in the IPL. He was quoted as saying, "We would have loved to have Pakistani players in our side if they were made available legally."
Following the verdict many are happy, including Mr. Shekar Selkar, General Secretary of National Organization of Tobacco Eradication. He was quoted as saying “Such a step would deter habitual offenders like film stars who usually think they are above the law and for whom the nominal fine is not a big deal."