Pune police commissioner served notice by National Commission for Scheduled Castes

ST Correspondent
Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Pimpri: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) issued a notice to Pune police commissioner for not taking action against actor Salman Khan for his alleged derogatory comments against the Walmiki community. Salman Khan, during promotion of his film ‘Tiger Zinda Hain’, allegedly made the comments during a reality show.

Pimpri: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) issued a notice to Pune police commissioner for not taking action against actor Salman Khan for his alleged derogatory comments against the Walmiki community. Salman Khan, during promotion of his film ‘Tiger Zinda Hain’, allegedly made the comments during a reality show.

City-based lawyer Sagar Charan has filled complaint against Pune police with the NCSC as Pune police didn’t register an FIR on his complaint against Salman under the Prevention of Atrocities Against SC/STs Act. Responding to his complaint, NCSC has issued a notice to the Pune police commissioner and asked her to give an explanation on why the police failed to register a complaint against the actor for using ‘caste’ word in a derogatory manner and hurting sentiments of the Valmiki community.

The alleged comment had gone viral in December 2017. A complaint has been registered against Khan in Rajasthan.

People from the community also approached the Pune police with the demand of registering a complaint against the actor.

Earlier, NCSC has redirected this issue to the Mumbai police, but the Mumbai police told Charan that since a complaint has been registered against the actor in Rajasthan, there is no need to register another FIR.

Charan said, “Since the sentiments of the community in Pune are also hurt by the derogatory comment, as per provisions of the law, a complaint must be registered against them. So, we approached NCSC again for relief. We want an FIR registered against the actor as per provisions of the act. Since he has not apologised for his unfortunate comment, there is only relief in filing a case against him.

Responding to the complaint. Director of NCSC Dr OA Bedekar asked the Pune police commissioner to take action and respond to NCSC with para-wise explanations along with what action police have taken against the complaint filed by Charan within a fortnight.

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