The Delhi government's health department has issued a show cause notice to Karan Johar's office for promoting tobacco and its usage. It has been alleged in the notice that Karan was promoting Tobacco in a reality show.
According to the notice, a specific brand of pan masala was being promoted in the reality show "India's Next Superstars" which started airing a few days back and the department sought that such a promotion be stopped. "We have come to know that a huge and strategic display/promotion of Tobacco/ Pan Masala Brand (Names the brand) is being carried out at (Names Television Channel) in the Reality show 'India's Next Superstars' being telecast throughout India. This Promotion of Tobacco brand is a violation under sections 5 of COTPA 2003 as it is a surrogate advertisement of tobacco product Kamla Pasand Surti," Dr S K Arora, Additional Director (Health) said in the show cause notice.
The notice also mentions that the organisers, producers, judges, distributors of this programme along with TV Channel and Pan masala Company and others have become party to this violation and likely to be punished as per COTPA 2003. Dr Arora further added that Dharma Production and Karan Johar had been served notice earlier also under COTPA 2003 for promotion of smoking in advertisement campaign of Ittefaq movie.
Oops, looks like Mr. Johar is in trouble now!