Assault Case: Court gives last warning to Saif Ali Khan

Saif Ali Khan’s 2012 assault case recently made headlines when wife Kareena had spoken on taking away Padma Shri from Saif. Now this case has taken a new turn and this time it is the court to speak on this matter. A last chance has been given to the actor to appear in court. The nawab had to hear bad news from a local metropolitan court. He got the warning this Monday and he was asked to appear in court for the next date of hearing. It was on 19th March that the court had told Saif to be present on Monday at the hearing. Iqbal Sharma, the complainant, was to testify against Saif on this day.

But on the day, the actor’s lawyer filed an exemption. It said that he couldn’t attend the hearing because he was occupied in shooting outside India. Then the prosecutor Wajid Sheikh raised an objection, and sought warrant against Khan. Magistrate Shankar Dabhade gave Saif a last chance to make his presence in the court. Saif’s lawyer said that he will ensure that Saif is present on the day of the next court session. The court warned that a warrant can be issued against the actor if he does not show up next time. The date for the next hearing is 18th June.

The incident in question had occurred on 22 February 2012. Saif had been to a restaurant at Taj Hotel with his friends and got into a quarrel over there. Following this, Saif was arrested along with his friends Shakeel Ladakh and Bilal Amrohi. The three had been arrested after the NRI businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma had filed the complaint. But they were later out on bail. Charges had been framed against them under the sections 34 (common intention) and 325 (assault) of Indian Penal Code.

The police say that Iqbal Mir Sharma asked Saif and company on the day of the incident to keep their voices down. Saif was offended- he threatened Sharma and even gave him a blow on the nose. His nose was fractured and Sharma says that Saif and friends assaulted his father-in-law Raman Patel as well. Saif has given his side of the story to explain his actions. He says that Kareena and her sister Karisma too were present at the time of the incident. He accused Sharma of using provocative language against the Kapoor sisters. Saif has accused Sharma of abusing both the ladies. This was the reason that led to the quarrel.