Can a nation, which honors it’s citizen with the country’s highest civilian honor like Padma Shri confiscate the same recognition from the individual for indulging in a crime as petite as a brawl?
Well the BJP government seems to be doing the same by striping the Padma Shri Award bestowed upon actor Saif Ali Khan for indulging in a violent act against a South Africa-based businessman in Mumbai’s posh Colaba restaurant in 2012! Though the decision is yet pending but efforts have been accelerated by the Union Ministry to take quick action and the Mumbai police are being pressurized to act sternly against Saif Ail Khan.
According to latest reports the Union Home Ministry has seriously taken the complaint filed by RTI activist Subhash Agrawal demanding stripping of Padma Shri Award to Saif Ali Khan in light of the brawl between Saif Ali Khan and South Africa-based businessman Iqbal Mir Sharma in Mumbai restaurant.
Responding to Mr. Agrawal’s complaint the Union Ministry has initiated action and has begun pressuring the Mumbai Police to speed up the case which is pending since several years.
However Krishna Prakash, additional Mumbai CP (south region) denied knowledge regarding any such communication from the Union Home Ministry for a report on the Saif Ali Khan case. Even the senior PI Rameshwar Suple expressed ignorance in the matter.
Besides Saif Ali Khan, Subhash Agrawal has also targeted Arun Firodia, Indian businessman and chairman of Kinetic Group, India's leading manufacturers and exporters of two wheelers. He was awarded the Padmashri, fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2012
If the government begins dancing on the tunes of such RTI complaints then many celebrities and distinguished citizens of India will be stripped of their prestigious ‘Government Honor’ because ‘To err is human’ and there is no mortal on earth, who has not done some sins.
For instance Shah Ruk Khan is awarded Padma Shri, so should the government also strip his Padma Shri honor for his infamous brawl at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium?