SRK may face ‘IPL ban’ for smoking

Published: Sunday, April 26, 2009, 15:47 [IST]
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NGO protests SRK smoking during IPL

Cape Town: Not only Kolkata Knight Riders, its owner Shah Rukh Khan has run into trouble as he is targeted by an anti-smoking lobby in South Africa.

Shah Rukh Khan was spotted smoking during the IPL match against Kings XI Punjab in Durban, on April 21.

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), on Saturday protested against the filmstar who was shown on television smoking during the match.

In a statement issued ' The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication' said that its its counterpart South African National Council Against Smoking (NCAS) is lobbying with the official broadcasters to ensure that footage of smoking, especially by celebrities, should not be broadcast.

"We have sent the details to Supersport, who are the official broadcasters of the IPL and the NCAS is in the process of soliciting an agreement that they will not show anyone smoking," NCAS's convener Peter Ucko informed NOTE.

"If Khan does it again we will ask the management to caution him, or we will seek his removal from the stadium," the press note states.

Earlier the Punjab government has filed a complaint against Shah Rukh Khan after the actor was spotted smoking on the premises of a college in Amritsar, Khan was in the city to shoot for film “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi"


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