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Shah Rukh Khan receives court summons for smoking in public

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Shah Rukh Khan has been summoned to appear in court for allegedly smoking in public.

The actor will appear in relation to a complaint against him for publicly smoking at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, Mid-Day reports.

Lawyer Nem Singh Rathore, who filed the complaint on behalf of Jaipur Cricket Academy director Anand Singh Rathore, said: "Smoking publicly is banned in Rajasthan since 2000 under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act.

"The court of the additional chief judicial metropolitan magistrate today (Thursday) issued a summons to Shah Rukh Khan after taking cognizance of the complaint. The actor has been directed to appear before the court May 26."

Khan was allegedly seen smoking in front of thousands of spectators during the live broadcast of the cricket match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders on April 8.

The lawyer claimed that spectators were being allowed into the stadium only after frisking.

"Police was confiscating any objectionable items including cigarettes while frisking. However, it seems Shah Rukh was allowed to carry the cigarette packet into the stadium which is negligence on part of police also," the complainant said.

The 47-year-old actor featured an anti-smoking message in his film Ra.One and said he would give up the habit after the movie's release.

Khan has described smoking as the "worst addiction".

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