Mumbai: A court in Andheri has ordered an inquiry against Salman Khan in the case of misconduct against a Mumbai journalist. The development comes months after the journalist, Ashok Pandey, moved court seeking registration of an FIR against Salman and his bodyguards, who, he has alleged assaulted him despite him seeking permission to click his photos who was on a bicycle.
In a report by a leading daily, Pandey has been quoted as saying that if the court had not stepped in, the cops would not have registered his complaint. “I was confident the court would not turn me down the way the local Mumbai police had. DN Nagar police station had ignored me only because my aggressor was film star Salman Khan,” he said. The journalist added that the police denied filing a case of robbery and criminal intimidation.
The journalist had filed a ‘private complaint’ in the court of RR Khan, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri, under sections of the IPC 323 (causing hurt), 392 (robbery), and 506 (criminal intimidation).
According to the complainant, the alleged incident took place in the early hours of April 24 when Salman, accompanied by two of his bodyguards, was riding a bicyle. Pandey said that he was in a car and after seeking permission from the bodyguards, he started filming Khan. However, the actor lost his cool and soon after, his bodyguards came close to Pandey’s vehicle and started thrashing him. He claimed that Salman, too, assaulted him, snatched his phone and deleted two videos.