Actor Saif Ali Khan can have a sigh of relief
as the Home Ministry has reportedly denied any plans to take away
the actor's Padma Shri award.
A higher official reportedly clarified the government's stand on
the issue saying that these things take time and all processes were
duly followed before conferring Padma Shri award to Saif.
Saif Ali Khan was some time back in controversy with charges of
assaulting an NRI Businessman at a 5-star hotel for which a case
was also filed.
Recently, Saif Ali Khan has been in news for a buzz that the
government is now thinking to strip the actor's Padma Shri award
owing to the charges.
However, a senior Home Ministry official stated that the
authority's reply to the RTI filed by S.C. Agarwal, stating that
the matter is under examination, is a routine response to any query
relating to a pending complaint.
The official further added that it is a time consuming process
and it is technically considered as under examination until a final
decision is taken. The personnel stated that all the necessary
process of checking a person's background before conferring the
Padma award were duely followed in case of Saif Ali Khan.