Shah Rukh Khan summoned by Vadodara court over stampede death during Raees promotions

Vadodara: A Vadodara court issued summons to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan on 11 July over the stampede at the railway station in the city during a train trip to promote his film Raees which left a man dead.

Shah Rukh Khan in and as 'Raees'

Shah Rukh Khan in and as 'Raees'

The court of judicial magistrate first class S P Dave issued summons to Khan under section 204 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) after noting that there was sufficient ground for proceeding against him in the case, and ordered him to remain present in the court on 27 July.

Section 204 of the CrPC deals with issues of processes if, in the opinion of a magistrate, there is sufficient ground for proceeding against a person. The magistrate then shall issue summons for securing the attendance of the accused.

A private complaint against Khan was filed by a man named Jitendra Solanki.  Solanki had moved the court after the police refused to take his complaint and register an FIR against Khan.

His lawyer Juned Saiyed argued that negligence shown by Khan had caused chaos and loss of public property at the railway station. The incident had left one dead and several others injured.

The Gujarat High Court had earlier stayed summons issued to Khan by the Government Railway Police on the same issue, maintaining that summons under CrPC cannot be issued to a person not staying within the limits of the police station where an offence has occurred.

Farheed Khan Pathan, a local politician, had suffered a heart attack at the Vadodara railway station on 23 January after being caught in the huge rush of Khan's fans, waiting for a glimpse of the superstar.

Khan, who was promoting Raees had arrived at the station by August Kranti Express from Mumbai. Pathan subsequently died in a hospital.


Published Date: Jul 12, 2017 10:16 am | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 10:16 am

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