HC stays summons issued to Shah Rukh Khan over death of a man at Vadodara station

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday stayed the summons issued by the Gujarat railway police against Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan in connection with death of a youth at Vadodara railway station when the actor was promoting his film Raees.

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Justice J B Pardiwala stayed the summons, issued by the Vadodara GRP, which had asked the actor to come to its office and record his statement.

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Khan’s lawyer Salil Thakore argued that such summons under CrPC cannot be issued to a person not staying within the limits of the police station. After considering his argument, the court stayed the summons and adjourned the hearing to August 4.

Fahreed Khan Pathan, a local resident, had suffered a heart attack at the Vadodara Railway Station on January 23 when enthusiastic crowds surged for a glimpse of the superstar. Khan, who was promoting Raees, had arrived at the station by August Kranti Express from Mumbai.

Pathan subsequently died in the hospital. Some activists had moved a magistrate’s court, seeking a criminal case against Khan, and the court had asked GRP to submit a report. No FIR has been filed in the case yet.

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