Rajasthan HC bench of Justice Sandeep Mehta adjourned hearing in the plea filed by Salman Khan, seeking to quash the FIRs filed against him for his “Casteistremark against the Valmiki Community.” The court has listed the matter after 8 weeks until a similar matter which is pending in Supreme Court is decided.
The counsel appearing for Salman Khan, Nishant Bora submitted before the HC that a similar case is pending before the Supreme Court and the investigations in the FIRs and Miscellaneous petitions have been stayed by the Apex Court.
Bollywood Actor Salman’s petition in SC states that “the word was not aimed at or directed towards Valmiki Community and was merely used to describe his appearance in a dance sequence of the film.” The Actor has been accused of humiliating the people of Valmiki Community by using offensive words to describe the community in a TV reality show in regard to promotion of his film “Tiger Zinda Hai.” In the same show when he was asked to describe his appearance in a dance sequence, which he described as “bhangi.”
Supreme Court bench of Justice Deepak Mishra, Justice A M Khanwilkar and Justice D Y Chandrachud issued notice to the Rajasthan Government on plea for quashing FIRs. The Apex court on April 23rd, 2018 had put stay on “further proceedings, including investigation” in the cases filed against Salman under SC/ST Act in Rajasthan and three other states for offensive remarks on ValmikiCommunity.