Won’t intervene for an early hearing against SRK,says HC

Deshpande said the metropolitan magistrate on August 8 issued notice to the respondents and posted the matter for hearing on September 12.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Mumbai | Published:August 27, 2013 1:32 am

The Bombay High Court Monday refused to interfere to change the date set by a local court for hearing a complaint against actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri for allegedly conducting prenatal sex determination tests of their surrogate son AbRam.

Justice Sadhana Jadhav was hearing a petition by activist Varsha Deshpande for early hearing of her complaint by a magistrate seeking action against Shah Rukh,Gauri and others under the Pre-conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act.

Deshpande said the metropolitan magistrate on August 8 issued notice to the respondents and posted the matter for hearing on September 12. Deshpande then approached the High Court.

“The Supreme Court in a judgment had said that all cases under the Act should be heard and decided within six months. By giving such a long date there are chances of destruction or construction of reports,” advocate Uday Warunjikar argued.

The High Court,however,said it was not inclined to interfere in the matter at this stage and adjourned the petition for three weeks. “We know that directions for speedy hearing are given in such cases. But let us first see what the magistrate does on the next date of hearing,” the court said.

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