Court dismisses petition against Aamir Khan

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The Chhattisgarh High Court has dismissed a criminal petition seeking action against actor Aamir Khan for his comments on intolerance in the country after 2014.

Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Award Ceremony in 2015, Khan had said he felt “alarmed” by incidents of intolerance, and that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should leave the country.

He also reportedly said that it was important for political parties to take a stand and a “sense of insecurity grows when we don’t see that happening.”

The comments were made against the backdrop of the Dadri lynching case, where an elderly man was lynched on the suspicion that he was consuming and storing beef.

Lawyer Dipak Diwan subsequently filed a criminal complaint alleging that the actor had attempted to promote enmity between various groups on the grounds of religion, place of birth etc, and made imputations prejudicial to national integration.

However, according to several news reports, a single-judge Bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal declared the petitions as without merit: “I do not find any merit in the instant petition. It deserves to be and is accordingly dismissed, being substanceless and merit­less as well”.