Court issue notice to Shahrukh, Gauri and six others

Shahrukh Khan and Gauri Khan are again in legal hassle. Bombay High Court has issued legal notice to Shahrukh Khan, his wife Gauri Khan and the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai against a petition filed by activist in relation to sex determination case. The third child born to the couple through surrogacy in May, 2013. The superstar has been charged with determining the sex of his unborn child.

The activist sought relevant papers to the activist but a lower court directed the authorities not to give the relevant papers to the activist. In response, the activist challenged the court’s verdict by filing a criminal writ petition in the Bombay High Court. “I have sought documents from various authorities so that I can go ahead with the criminal case against the actor,” petitioner Varsha Deshpande told The Hindu on Monday.

The charges against the actor were filed by social activist Varsha Deshpande and Justice Sadhana Jadhav looked into the petition. On August 8, the metropolitan magistrate had issued notice to the respondents and posted the matter for hearing on September 12.

BMC counsel M P S Rao told the High Court that the allegations levelled in the complaint are baseless. "The Corporation has conducted an enquiry and found the complaint baseless," Rao said.

Varsha Deshpande in her complaint said that Shahrukh Khan has determined the sex of his surrogate baby before the child was born and violated the law. Shahrukh then refuted the rumor and claimed that there is no truth in the report and he has not determined the sex of his baby before the birth.

"The magistrate rejected our application seeking production and verification of documents following which we approached the High Court," Deshpande's lawyer, advocate Uday Warunjikar said. Justice R P Sondurbaldota on Friday issued notices to Shahrukh, Gauri, Jaslok Hospital, and the civic body, and posted the matter for hearing on January 10.