The prosecution had requested the court to alter the charge against the actor that he had assaulted Ramanbhai.
Mumbai: Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan has approached the session’s court, challenging the magistrate court adding additional charge in connection with a case of scuffle between him and an NRI businessman at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba in south Mumbai in February 2012.
Initially, Khan was charged for assaulting the businessman, but later the prosecution additionally charged the actor for assaulting businessman’s friend too.
The actor in his criminal revision application has challenged the magistrate court order in which the judge allowed an application made by the prosecution seeking to add additional charge of assaulting one Ramanbhai Patel on February 22, 2012.
In the application, the prosecution had claimed that in the police report and statements of witnesses it was not mentioned that Saif Ali Khan was the person who assaulted Patel. The prosecution had requested the court to alter the charge against the actor that he had assaulted Ramanbhai.
Khan’s lawyer had opposed the application saying complainant Iqbal Sharma didn’t disclose the fact that Khan had beaten up Ramanbhai. It was also argued that the prosecution wanted the charge to be altered to fill up the lacuna in the case and Khan would be prejudiced if the charge is altered.
However, the magistrate had allowed prosecution’s application observing that, “At this juncture, on the basis of charge sheet and material on record, there is material on record to frame the charge against Saif Ali Khan including his friends for assaulting complainant as well as Ramanbhai.”
Now, Saif Ali Khan has challenged this magistrate’s order in the session’s court.