‘Bigg Boss’ temple case: Court rejects plea to file FIR against Salman, Shahrukh

A Delhi Court on Monday, June 6 rejected a criminal complaint filed against Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments by wearing shoes in a temple set while shooting for reality show ‘Bigg Boss 9’.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vandana Jain, however, allowed the complainant’s appeal to record pre-summoning evidence in support of his complaint on October 14.

The court had on June 1 reserved its order after hearing arguments of the complainant who had questioned the Delhi Police’s action taken report (ATR) which gave a clean chit to the actors.

In the ATR filed in February, police told the court that no cognizable offence was made out against the two actors as they were shooting in a makeshift temple in a studio and there was no intention to hurt religious sentiments.

The report was filed following court's order on the complaint lodged by advocate Gaurav Gulati who sought registration of an FIR against the two actors, Colors channel and director and producer of ‘Bigg Boss 9’ for alleged offences under sections 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The complaint alleged that in a video being circulated, Shah Rukh and Salman were seen wearing shoes on the sets of a temple while shooting for an episode of ‘Bigg Boss 9’ where the idol can be seen in the background.

The complaint against the two actors was filed in the Roop Nagar Police Station in the national capital.

In its report, police had also mentioned that a similar complaint was filed by the Hindu Mahasabha at a Meerut court which dismissed it.