Shah Rukh Khan
Mumbai, Sept. 30 (PTI): Bombay High Court today said social activist Varsha Deshpande’s complaint against actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri was “unfounded”. Deshpande had accused them of conducting a sex determination test on their surrogate child AbRam.
“Prima facie, this court is of the opinion that it is an unfounded complaint. I am not saying it is a frivolous complaint but it is unfounded, meaning without foundation,” Justice Sadhana Jadhav said.
The high court was hearing a petition filed by Deshpande for early hearing of the complaint filed by her in a magistrate’s court. The petition sought action against Shah Rukh, Gauri and Jaslok hospital and its doctors under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act.
Deshpande had sought early hearing on the ground that the Supreme Court had said all such cases should be heard and decided within six months.
The high court today asked Deshpande’s advocate Uday Warunjikar what the source of her information was, to which he said a newspaper report dated June 14.
“The newspaper report does not include any statement of the actor couple. Don’t you (Deshpande) think you should have put in some more effort to substantiate the complaint before making such sensitive allegations?” the high court said.
It also noted that while the newspaper report was of June 14, the child was born on May 27 and prior to that no report or statement was issued that the couple was having a baby boy.
“Respondent 6 and 7 (Shah Rukh and Gauri) are affluent people who can afford a daughter... they would not do all this...” Justice Jadhav said.
The high court has directed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to file a detailed report, along with records, before the magistrate’s court on October 4.
“The magistrate shall consider the report before passing an order on October 7 on Deshpande’s application seeking verification of records,” the high court said, posting the petition for further hearing on October 9.
BMC counsel M.P.S. Rao reiterated that the corporation had conducted an inquiry into the allegations and has found that everything was in order and nothing was amiss.