Restaurant assault case: Saif Ali Khan gets exemption for ad shoot

The court asked the actor, who had applied for exemption from appearance yesterday as he was supposed to shoot for an advertisement in Bangkok, to be present for the next hearing on June 18, or a non-bailable warrant would be issued against him

The Magistrate’s court, Esplanade, granted exemption to actor Saif Ali Khan from appearing in connection with the 2012 restaurant assault case yesterday. The court, however, asked Saif to be present for the next hearing on June 18 or a non-bailable warrant would be issued against him.

Saif Ali Khan's advocate assured the court that the actor would be present for the next hearing
Saif Ali Khan's advocate assured the court that the actor would be present for the next hearing

A complaint had been filed against the actor and two of his friends, Bilal Amrohi and Shakeel Ladak, by NRI businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma. He had alleged that, on February 22, 2012, Saif Ali Khan had assaulted him at Wasabi restaurant in Taj Hotel, when he had protested against the noise being made by the actor and his friends.

At the time of the incident, Saif was accompanied by Kareena Kapoor, Karisma Kapoor, Malaika Arora Khan, Amrita Arora and some other friends. Saif had alleged that his friends had been abused and provoked by Sharma.

An advocate close to the developments said, “The prosecution on Monday was to examine the complainant in the case, Iqbal Sharma, and so he had flown down to India from South Africa.

However, Saif’s lawyer filed an exemption application as the actor is contract-bound to shoot an advertisement in Bangkok, Thailand.” Amrohi and Ladak were present before the court. The prosecution and Sharma opposed the exemption application and also filed an application requesting the court to issue a warrant against the actor.

Saif’s advocate, however, assured the court that the actor would be present for the next hearing. The matter was adjourned to June 18, 2015.

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