Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan puffing awat at a cigarette.
New Delhi: We know he’s ‘smoking’ hot, but Shahrukh Khan is fast turning out to be the bad boy of Bollywood, at least during cricket matches.
After being taken to task over smoking during a cricket match at the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2009, Khan’s lighting of the taboo tobacco stick during a match in Rajasthan has triggered controversy again.
A local magistrate Shilpa Samir has issued summons to the actor after a complaint was filed by Anand Rathore, a director of a local cricket academy in Rajasthan’s Jaipur. Khan has been asked to remain present in the court premises on May 26.
Khan was seen smoking at the Sawai Man Singh stadium on April 8, during a match between IPL teams Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders, a team which is partially owned by Khan.
“Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000 under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smocking Act. However, Shahrukh Khan was smoking publicly in front of thousands of spectators. The actor was broadcast live while smoking on the TV channel which was showing the match,” Rathore’s lawyer told reporters here.
In 2009, during the IPL, which was held in South Africa that year, South African anti tobacco vigilante organization National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) had complained about Khan’s penchant for smoking during the high-octane cricket matches and had even asked the organizers that the actor should be evicted from the stadium for defying South African smoking laws.
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