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Salman Khan and his bodyguard get relief from Bombay HC in 2019 jounalist ‘assault’ case

The Bombay High Court has dismissed a complaint against actor Salman Khan and his bodyguard Nawaz Shaikh that was filed by a journalist in 2019. The journalist had accused them of misbehaviour and assault.

Justice Bharati Dangre allowed the applications of Salman Khan and Nawaz Shaikh and quashed the summons issued by a lower court last year.

The lower court had asked Mr Khan and Mr Shaikh to appear before it on April 5, 2022, based on a private complaint by journalist Ashok Pandey. Mr Pandey had claimed that he was threatened and attacked by Mr Khan and Mr Shaikh for filming the actor while he was cycling on the road in April 2019.

Mr Khan had challenged the summons in the high court in April last year and got a stay order. Mr Shaikh had also filed a similar petition later and got a stay order.

Mr Khan had argued that there were inconsistencies and additions in Mr Pandey’s complaint and that he had not spoken to Mr Pandey at the time of the alleged incident.

The lower court had issued the summons after considering a police report that said that Mr Khan and Mr Shaikh had committed offences under Indian Penal Code Sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Mr Pandey had alleged that Mr Khan had snatched his mobile phone while he was cycling on a Mumbai street and some media persons were taking his photos.

Mr Pandey had also alleged that Mr Khan had argued with him and threatened him.

The summons is the first step of criminal proceedings before a metropolitan or judicial magistrate based on a complaint by an individual.

The magistrate issues the summons if he or she finds enough evidence in the complaint.

The accused persons have to appear before the court after getting the summons.

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