Mumbai: Actor Shilpa Shetty has sought dismissal of a plea challenging the order of a magistrate court in Ballard Pier that had discharged her in January this year in an obscenity case involving American actor Richard Gere.
The complaint was filed against her in Alwar police station in Rajasthan by a person in 2007 in connection with the incident where Gere had kissed her on stage during a charity event in Delhi. As per apex court’s orders, the case was transferred to a Mumbai court. Magistrate Ketaki M. Chavan of the Ballard Pier court had called her a victim of the act of Gere and given her a clean chit in January this year.
In April, the Alwar police had approached the sessions court against the magistrate’s order and told in its plea that the magistrate had erred in discharging Shilpa and that her act in kissing or allowing to be kissed in a public place amounted to obscenity. It had said that if the court peruses the FIR, it will find that a prima facie case is made out against her.
Shilpa in her reply filed to the police’s plea on Monday through advocate Prashant Patil, has said that she is a victim of malicious proceedings and harassment at the hands of the complainant, that she is an artist and has always acted responsibly in public. She said further that the complainant is approaching the court for cheap publicity. She said that the only allegation against her is that she did not protest while being kissed, but this does not make her a conspirator or perpetrator of any crime.