Bollywood superstar, Salman Khan has landed himself in legal trouble yet again. A criminal complaint was filed against the actor by senior journalist Ashok Pandey who claims that the actor had snatched his phone during an incident in April 2019. The complaint, which was filed before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Andheri, was filed for assault, robbery, criminal mischief and criminal intimidation. Pander’s advocates confirmed the case had been filed under a number of sections of the Indian Penal Code.
His fans were visibly upset on social media and made for some interesting commentary:
Salmaniacs right now pic.twitter.com/S0hEJaoekX— SRK (@RaeesBanda) June 25, 2019
Now people will find out who is Ashok Pandey and this is how Ashok Pandeys succeed— Pyaar Se Mario (@SquareGas) June 25, 2019
Chulbul Pandey vs Ashok Pandey— A Masked Error (@BumchikSeenu) June 25, 2019
Too much fun
Evade someones Privacy, Shoot their Video against their will. Misbehave first and if the person oppose you, Lodge a Criminal Report. Hypocrisy in calling him Born Criminal, their is no shame in media nowadays.— Hrishabh Thakur (@hrishabhthakur) June 26, 2019
Salman Khan’s bodyguard also lodged a cross-complaint stating that the person was following the Sultan actor and recorded Salman’s video without his consent. Salman Khan asked the senior journalist not to record any video or click his pictures but they continued capturing Salman"— Billa (@jasooosvijay) June 26, 2019
Back in April, the journalist had accused the Bharat actor of snatching his phone while the actor was cycling on the streets of Mumbai. He claimed that once Salman Khan had been spotted and was on their radar, he proceeded to clicking pictures; only after he sought permission from the Salman’s bodyguard. Apparently, this did not sit well with Salman khan and what ensued was a major argument.
Panda further alleged that Salman Khan’s bodyguards conducted misdemeanor with him and his fellow cameraman after which, Salman snatched his phone away from him. There are however, conflicting reports which suggested that the Bajrangi Bhaijan star had gestured Panday and his colleague to not take any photographs or record any videos. Of the criminal complaint, one of Panday’s advocates claimed that Salman Khan went on to delete all the data from the journalist’s phone. The court is expected to pronounce the order on 12 July, 2019.
This is not the first time Salman Khan has landed himself in hot waters. He has been embroiled in a Blackbuck poaching case and the other is by the Rajasthan government against his acquittal in the Arms Act case linked to the killing of two blackbucks in Kankani near Jodhpur in 1998. Earlier, Salman was sentenced to five years' imprisonment by a trial court for killing the endangered animals in October 1998, when Bollywood movie 'Hum Saath Saath Hain was being shot in Rajasthan.
Salman Khan’s recent release, Bharat, fared rather well at the box office and crossed the Rs150 crore mark within 5 days of its release.