In a fresh development reported in the Vadodara railway station death case, Gujarat High Court has stayed the summons issued against the Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan. The actor was summoned over the death of a man at Vadodara railway station during the promotion of his film ‘Raees’. Justice JB Pardiwala has stayed the summons issued by the Vadodra GRP. According to the reports, the actor was asked to record his statement. According to PTI,”We have issued summons to Shah Rukh Khan and co-producer of the movie, Excel Entertainment, which had sought permission from the Railways for the film’s promotion on a train. We have given to them 7 days time to file their statements,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police (Railways) Tarun Barot.” He also added, in the past also, they had sent summons to the Excel officials to meet in person but they did not turn up instead their lawyers did, which is not accepted.
However, Khan’s lawyer has challenged the summons in the court contending that such summons under the Code of Criminal Procedure(CrPC) cannot be issued to a person not staying within the limits of the police station.
The court has considered lawyer’s argument and has stayed the summons, adjourning the hearing to August 4.
On January 23, 45-year old Fahreed Khan Pathan had died after suffering a heart attack after getting trapped in the crowd that had turned up to catch a glimpse of the actor.
After his death, few activists including Mumbai-based advocate and activist Abha Singh had turned up at the magistrate’s court, seeking a criminal case against him, the court had asked Government Railway Police to submit a report. A youth congress worker had also filed an application in a local court asking directions to file a complaint against the actor.