The Rajasthan High Court on March 20, 2018 stayed further proceedings against Bollywood star Salman Khan in connection with an FIR filed in Nagori Gate, Police Station, Jodhpur for allegedly making casteist remarks during an interview. The High Court has issued notice and sought reply from Respondent No. 2 (Naresh Kandara) within three weeks [Read Order HERE].
According to reports, 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. Salman Khan allegedly made the derogatory remark during the promotions of his last release Tiger Zinda Hai in December 2017.
A similar case was lodged against Salman and Shilpa in Rajasthan’s Churu district last year. However, the high court had vide order dated February 26, 2018 stayed further proceedings in connection with that FIR [Read order here].
A petition was filed in a Delhi court on February 22, seeking to lodge an FIR against actors Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, and others for allegedly making the casteist remark. The plea, filed in the Patiala House Court, alleged that the accused persons had “committed atrocity” on the members of the caste and insulted and humiliated them by making the casteist remark.
In December last year, a complaint was also registered against the actors in connection with the matter, in Mumbai. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had also sought replies from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and the police commissioners of Delhi and Mumbai over the issue after it received a complaint from an ex-chairman of the Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis, Harnam Singh.
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