SC directs Govinda to apologize to man for slapping him in 2008

The Supreme Court on Monday directed Bollywood actor-turned-politician Govinda to tender an apology to a person he had allegedly slapped in 2008. The victim, Santosh Rai, had earlier moved the apex court alleging that the actor had humiliated him in public.

A bench headed by Justice T S Thakur watched the video clips of the slap incident in an open court and objected to the veteran actor’s behaviour and passed the order.

The incident reportedly took place at the Filmistan Studio, Goregaon while Govinda was shooting for Ganesh Acharya's ‘Money Hai To Honey Hai’. He slapped a man who, he said, was misbehaving on the sets.

In November, 2013, the Bombay High Court had quashed the case saying that Santosh had filed the compalint almost a year later, making it look like it was done after being instigated.

Santosh had refuted the charge saying that he had filed a police complaint immediately after being slapped.

"The case was registered with Goregaon police station and medically examined and treated. But for almost a year, no action was taken by police against Govinda. And that is why I had to approach court," he had said.

He has also claimed to have spent close to Rs. 5-6 lakhs on the case, saying that he is more determined to fight the case, as the actor had not called him nor apologised.