LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – News of the issue of a summons for the arrest of actor Richard Gere and Indian actress Shilpa Shetty over the so-called “kissing controversy” has been labelled “a cheap publicity stunt” bordering on “judicial indecency” by legal experts.
The actress had been issued summons by the court which asked her to present herself on May 5. However, her spokesmen have denied that any such summons was issued.
Also, and arrest warrant has been issued against actor Richard Gere by the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate of Jaipur. Gere has so far refused to comment on the issue, Times NowTV reports.
The incident, in New Delhi earlier this month when Richard Gere kissed Shilpa Shetty on the cheeks in good humour at a charity event promoting AIDS awareness, created a huge furore. The two have been charged of obscenity in public under 294 IPC.
The magistrate, Dinesh Gupta, reacting to a private complaint filed by advocate Poonam Chand Bhandari, watched a CD of the AIDS awareness function as shown by a TV channel, to pronounce that the act was “sexually erotic” and “indecent”.
Former attorney-general Soli Sorabjee, who is one of the most respected legal luminaries of the country, took little time to describe Gupta’s ruling as reminiscent of the “Taliban moral police”.