Assault Case: Saif Ali Khan fails to appear in the court, gets warning

Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan did not appear in the court for the hearing of assault case on Monday and he will now asked to appear on June 18. The case dates three years back in which the actor has been accused to hit an NRI businessman at the Taj Hotel

A local metropolitan magistrate court gave Saif the last chance to appear on Monday before the court on the next date of hearing in a 2012 assault case.

On March 19, the court had directed Khan to remain present on Monday as the first witness and complainant Iqbal Sharma was to depose against the actor.

However, the defence sought an exemption for Mr. Khan citing contractual obligations. He said that Saif had to fly abroad for an ad shoot.

Magistrate Shankar Dabhade gave Khan the last chance to appear in the court. He said that an arrest warrant will be issued against the actor if he fails to appear in the next hearing, which is scheduled to take place on June 18.

When Khan failed to appear before the court again, the prosecutor Wajid Sheikh objected to the application and sought issue of warrant against Saif. The South African businessman Iqbal Sharma claimed that he had flown to India only for the trial.

On February 22, 2012, Saif Ali Khan and his two friends Bilal Amrohi and Shakkel Ladak were arrested following a ruckus created at a restaurant inside Taj Hotel. Khan entered into a physical brawl with Iqbal Mir Sharma, an NRI businessman. Complaint were lodged and the three of them were arrested but later released on bail.

The court has framed charges against them under Sections 325 (assault) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code.

Saif was accompanied by his wife Kareena Kapoor, sister-in-law Karishma Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora and Amrita’s husband Shakeel Ladak.

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