Actor Salman Khan has filed a petition in the Supreme Court urging it to revoke an FIR filed against him in Rajasthan’s Churu district. The FIR was filed against Salman for his alleged controversial statement in December that apparently hurt the sentiments of the members of the Valmiki community in Rajasthan, reports India Today. In his petition, Salman Khan, 52, also requested the court to direct the state police to refrain from filing FIRs or complaints against him as far as this case is concerned.
While promoting his December release Tiger Zinda Hai ahead of its release on a reality show on which Shilpa Shetty appeared as a judge, Salman allegedly used a pejorative word to describe his dancing style after which members of the Valmiki Yuva Sangathan filed a complaint against Shilpa and him for uttering the word ‘Bhangi’ on a public platform. Shilpa is reported to have used the word during her interaction with the press later.
In Mumbai as well, an FIR was lodged against Salman and Shilpa by the Rojgar Aghari Republican Party of India after the Valmiki Community’s complaint.
Salman’s comment caused a massive uproar in December as members of the Valmiki community disturbed the screening of Tiger Zinda Hai at theatres in Rajasthan while protestors accused the actor of offending their community with a language that was deemed as “cheap.”
Salman Khan’s effigy was burnt in Kishangarh and Rajasthan as well.