Indian police book Salman Khan for insulting religion

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Hyderabad — Indian police in Hyderabad booked actor Salman Khan on Friday for hurting religious sentiment of Muslims in a TV reality show hosted by him on Colors channel.

A case against Salman and producers of the show Bigg Boss for insulting a religion was booked under section 295 of the Indian Penal Code at Falaknuma police station in the old city of Hyderabad.

Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma told reporters that the case was booked on the direction of a city court after a petitioner, in his complaint, alleged that the religious sentiments of Muslims were hurt during the show.

“Before proceeding further with the investigations in the case, we have sought legal opinion with regard to the jurisdiction and culpability,” he said.

The police chief said the petition alleged that the show hurt the religious sentiments by depicting “Jannat” (heaven) and “Jahannum” (hell).

Mohammed Fasihuddin had filed a complaint in the court of VIth Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, which directed police to register a case.

The Bollywood star is already entangled in a court case as he awaits a fresh trial on homicide charges for a fatal hit and run 11 years ago. According to police, Khan drove his car into a group of people sleeping on a Mumbai sidewalk in Sept. 2002, killing one person and injuring four.

Khan could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted of culpable homicide. He also faces charges of negligent driving and causing grievous hurt to the victims.

Khan has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His pre-trial in the hit and run case is set for Dec. 23.

IANS 2013-12-20 18:18:04

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