A local court Monday issued a bailable warrant against actor Mallika Sherawat in a case in which the petitioner had alleged that her dance at a new-year eve party at a Mumbai hotel in 2006 was “obscene”.
The warrant was issued asking her to remain present during the court proceedings on August 19, after she failed to respond to repeated summons by the court.
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The case was filed by former president of the Vadodara Bar Association, Narendra Tiwari, against Mallika Sherawat and the owner of JW Marriot Hotel, Mumbai, in January 2007.
“I was not physically present at the venue but happened to watch it on television, following which I filed the case in a local court. The court asked the police to investigate, which submitted there was no case against the two. I then moved sessions court,” said Tiwari.
Mallika Sherawat had earlier approached the Gujarat High Court and filed a revision petition against the summons, which was rejected.
The High Court then directed the Vadodara court to re-examine the matter, after which summons were issued against her and the hotel owner to be present on April 20.
Following her absence, the court issued another summons asking her to be present on July 6.
“While the representative of the JW Marriot Hotel was present with his lawyer during the July 6 hearing, Mallika Sherawat did not appear despite repeated summons. The court has issued warrant for her to remain present on August 19, failing which the court might be compelled to issue non-bailable warrant against her,” said Tiwari’s lawyer, Bhaskar Rao Nilak.