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Did Salman Khan assault a journalist?

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Television journalist Ashok S. Pandey, the Maharashtra head of JK24x7 news channel, has filed a complaint against Bollywood actor Salman Khan for assaulting and threatening him.

In a statement, lawyer Neeraj Gupta said, “The matter will come up for hearing on July 12. At that time, the court will decide whether the police will be directed to conduct an investigation, or issue summons to the accused.”

Ashok Pandey filed a ‘private complaint’ in the court of R R Khan, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri, under IPC sections 323 (causing hurt), 392 (robbery), and 506 (criminal intimidation).

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“I was driving from Juhu to Kandivali in my car with my cameraman Sayyed Irfan when we saw Salman Khan cycling on the road with his two aides escorting him”, he said.

Pandey also apparently sought permission from the two aides to film Khan, which they agreed to. “However, when I started shooting, Khan noticed it and his aides suddenly jumped onto my car and started assaulting me,” he added. The journalist also said that Khan assaulted him, snatched his mobile and tried to destroy it.

The trio threatened him with dire consequences, the complaint said. He approached the court because police disposed of his complaint saying that no crime was made out, the journalist alleged.

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Among other things, Pandey alleged in his complainant that despite his identifying himself as a journalist, the actor not only abused and assaulted him but also took away his mobile. “The actor tried to break the mobile and also deleted many applications and important data of the complainant from the said mobile,” the complaint said.

The complainant stated that when started heading towards DN Road police station to lodge a complaint against the actor and two others, Khan’s aides came and returned his mobile. He urged the court to rely on the video recording of the incident made by him.

The application, seeking registration of FIR and probe, will be heard by the magistrate on July 12.