The Bombay High Court has refused to stay the criminal proceedings against Bollywood actor Mallika Sherawat in a local court pertaining to alleged obscenity by her actions in films.
The actor had moved the court seeking a stay on criminal case filed against her by a social worker.
The actress also prayed for quashing a warrant issued by a court in Yavatmal against her for not appearing in the case.
Hearing Sherawat's plea, Justice Pramod Kode of the Nagpur Bench of High Court yesterday issued notices to the State government and Rajnikant Borile who had filed complaint against the actor.
Borile had filed an application before the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Pandharkawda in Yavatmal district, seeking registration of offences under Indian Penal Code Section 291 (repeating public nuisance) against Mallika on April 8, 2009.
The same court issued summons to Mallika on April 3 this year but she failed to appear before it. Hence warrant was issued against her.
Borile had alleged that the actress had performed "obscene acts" in films like Shaadi Ke Pehle, Murder and Maan Gaya Mughal-e-Azam which were affecting the society and younger generation in particular, he said.
Since the actor was performing for gaining money, she should be booked under IPC Section 291, he contended.
Mallika was accordingly booked for the offence at that time.
HC Refuses to Stay Case Against Mallika Sherawat
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