MUMBAI: National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), an anti tobacco organization has lashed out at actor Shah Rukh Khan for ‘repeatedly smoking in public’ and ‘trampling the law’.
"My main grievance is his arrogant demeanour with which he time and again decides to trample the law and smoke in places where he can be viewed and emulated by thousands of viewers when he can smoke privately. Habitual offenders should be given harsher punishments and after three monetary fines in increasing levels. A repeat offence should be punishable for at least one day behind the bars." said NOTE, General Secretary, Shekhar Salkar.
Yesterday Rajasthan police issued summons at the star’s house to appear before Jaipur Court on May 26 following a complaint by Anand Singh, head of the Jaipur Cricket Academy, who had sought action against the actor under section 5/11 of Rajasthan Prohibition of Smoking Act, 2000, which prohibits smoking in public places.
Salkar recommending tobacco eradication counselling for the superstar, but as an after-thought adds, "In my personal opinion he would never be able to because of his all-knowing haughty persona. A similar incident happened with Ajay Devgn in Goa and after sending him a letter, he was very gracious in accepting his mistake and his recent visits to Goa have not seen him smoking in public."