A local court in Mumbai has summoned actor Salman Khan and his bodyguard Nawaz Shaikh for a complaint filed by a journalist in connection with a 2019 dispute.
Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan stated on Tuesday in his order that a police report in the case stated that crimes under sections 504 of the Indian Criminal Code (intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) made against the accused persons.
The court issued trial / summons and placed the case for further hearing on April 5th.
Journalist Ashok Pandey had sought in his complaint to initiate criminal action against actor Salman Khan and Mr. Shaikh, his bodyguard.
Mr Pandey claimed that Salman Khan had removed his mobile phone while driving on Mumbai Street when some media people started clicking on his photos.
Mr. Pandey claimed in his complaint that Salman Khan had entered into an argument with him and then threatened him.
The court had earlier instructed the local police station to conduct an investigation and submit a report.
In its order on Tuesday, the court said: “In view of the self-evident material on record, positive police report and other material on record, there are sufficient grounds to proceed against the suspects.”
The issuance of a process (appeal) marks the beginning of criminal proceedings before a metropolitan or judicial magistrate on the basis of a complaint lodged by an individual.
The magistrate’s court gives the trial if it finds any substance in the case made in the complaint.
Once the trial (appeal) has been issued, the accused persons must appear before the court.