Brawl in restaurant: Saif Ali Khan may be stripped of Padma Shri honour
Saif Ali Khan is not just a nawab, he is also the recipient of Padma Shri award. This award is certainly very prestigious and almost everyone with some sort of accomplishments want to get the honor.
But now there are signs that Bollywood heartthrob may have to give up the Padma Shri honor back to the government.
Reports suggest that Indiaâ€™s home ministry has has asked the Mumbai Police to expedite the sending of a report on alleged brawl involving Padma Shri awardee Saif Ali Khan in a restaurant, pending for the past seven months.
For several months there have been demands that the award be taken back following the public fight that he had in a restaurant. The report was sought following a complaint from an RTI activist who had demanded that Khan be stripped off the coveted civic honour in the wake of reported framing of charges against the actor by a Mumbai court. Responding to an RTI application, the Union Home Ministry said it has sought a report from Mumbai Police on the alleged brawl and the report was awaited.
While talking about the case the Ministry said in a RTI response to activist Subhash Agrawal â€œAs regard to Saif Ali Khan, no response to this Ministryâ€™s letter No 1/3112014-Public dated August 20, 2014 has been received from Mumbai Police. Mumbai Police has been reminded to expedite the matter…â€. Similarly, the ministry has also forwarded a complaint against another Padma Shri recipient Arun Firodia to concerned tax authority, the response said.
The respondent had actually approached home ministry with a complaint alleging that charges were framed against Khan by a Mumbai court in a case of brawl in a restaurant there. â€œFilm-actor is already facing several other criminal cases against him. An RTI response revealed that Saif Ali Khan, involved in many criminal cases, was recommended for Padma awards by â€˜Awards Committeeâ€™ in its meeting without mentioning the name of the member of committee having recommended his name,â€ Agrawal had alleged. He had demanded that the home ministry should take back Padma award not only from Saif Ali Khan but also from other such controversial persons. Based on his complaint, the ministry has shot off letter to Mumbai Police seeking report on Khan.