Salman, Ajay Devgan fined for smoking

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 11, 2009 07:01 hrs

Bollywood stars Salman Khan and Ajay Devgan have been featuring in the news for all the wrong reasons by consistently breaking the no-smoking law in the first smoke-free city of the country.

Both actors have been served five penalty notices for smoking at public places in the last three days in Chandigarh and in neighbouring Punjab.

The first one to hit the list was Devgan who immediately lit a cigarette at the airport on reaching Chandigarh last Monday and was immediately caught on camera by a photo journalist.

The police issued a notice to him on Wednesday after receiving a complaint from a non-government organisation on Tuesday.

After keeping the Chandigarh police officials waiting for hours, Devgan went to the house of a sub-divisional magistrate in the evening to pay the fine of Rs 200.

Besides, both the stars were also slapped with two fines each at Kurali in Mohali, around 35 km from here, for allegedly smoking at a railway station there.

"Both the actors have violated the provisions of Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003. We have also written to the Indian railways to cancel the permission to shoot on the railway premises as the crew members have violated the section 167 of the Railways Act 1989," said Hemant Goswami, chairperson, Burning Brain Society.

Salman and Devgan came to Chandigarh Monday for the shooting of a Bollywood film.

Chandigarh became the first smoke-free city of India July 15, 2007 while a ban on smoking in public places was imposed all across the country on October 2, 2008.

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