The Rajasthan High Court on Tuesday stayed an FIR against actor Salman Khan, filed against him for allegedly hurting the sentiments of Scheduled Castes. According to a report by a leading daily, an FIR was filed in Jodhpur district on March 5, by a 42-year-old Naresh Kandara against Salman Khan and Shilpa Shetty for allegedly using ‘Bhangi’ word in a derogatory way and hurting the sentiments of Valmiki community.
The case was registered at the Nagori Gate police station under ndian Penal Code section 153 A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc.) 505 (Statements conducing to public mischief), 120B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) and sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
Appearing on behalf of Khan, senior advocate Mahesh Bora, assisted by Nishant Bora, submitted that the allegations made by Kandara are similar to another FIR which was filed against Khan in Churu, and which was stayed by the High Court on February 26. Then, Mahesh Bora had argued that even if the allegations are accepted as true, the offences alleged are not made out against the petitioner.
Justice Vijay Vishnoi on Tuesday issued notice with interim stay while hearing the case.
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