MUMBAI: In connection with the Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s comments on rape, during a press meet as part of promotions for his movie “Sultan”, the State Women’s commission of Maharashtra has on Thursday issued its third and final summons to the actor.
The panel had earlier summoned Salman Khan twice to attend before it at two different locations. However, Salman khan did not respond to the summons officially in any manner, till date.
The actor had failed to appear before the panel at the appointed hour of 4PM at its Bandra office (the second summon issued by the panel). With the absence of Salman Khan for the second time, the commission has issued a final summon, ordering the actor to appear before it on July 14.
Sources said, if the actor fails to respond to the summons, the commission may thereafter go legally by issuing a bailable-warrant first and followed by a non-bailable warrant.
Vijaya Rahatkar, the chairperson of the Women’s commission said, “We can understand that it was a festival day and the actor could not turn up. But, it is his responsibility to at least convey his absence through an official letter or a representative. We have issued a final summon to him and if the same repeats, the commission will go ahead legally”.
Lawyer Abha Singh said, “The behavior of the actor is not acceptable. He is taking law in his own hands. When he cannot attend on a given date, it is his responsibility to seek exemption and request another date for personal appearance before the commission. At least, he could have sent an official representative to explain his case. He should not forget that the commission can issue a non-bailable warrant if the same attitude of his is continued”.