In major trouble for Shah Rukh Khan, the actor has been summoned in connection with the death of a man at Vadodara railway station during the promotion of his film ‘Raees’. The Bollywood actor and co-producer of the movie, Excel Entertainment, have been asked to record their statements in the case, on Tuesday. 45-year-old Fahreed Khan Pathan had died of heart attack on January 23 after he got trapped in the crowd that had turned up at the railway station to catch a glimpse of the actor, who was travelling by August Kranti Express from Mumbai to Delhi to promote the film. The actor, later on arriving Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi, condoled the fan’s death.
Over two months after the incident, the actor has been 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. The official also adviced SRK to appear in person within a week before the police to explain his side. Barot said that earlier, they had sent summons to Excel officials. But instead of appearing in person, they had sent their lawyers, which is not allowed. It is recommended that both the parties give their statements in person and if the do not comply, the police will inform the court and take action as per its order, he said.
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The move was taken after on March 2, a judicial magistrate’s court had ordered the Government Railway Police to submit its inquiry report on the incident within 45 days.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai-based advocate and activist Abha Singh had met GRP officials in the city on February 10 and requested them to file an FIR against SRK and the company that was handling promotion of his film. A youth Congress worker had also filed an application in a local court on February 17 seeking directions to the police for filing a complaint against the actor.
Besides Pathan, several other people, including policemen, were injured when a crowd of around 15,000 flooded on the platform to take a glimpse of the megastar, who arrived by train to promote his film.