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Gun controversy: Soha gets show cause notice

March 21, 2008 18:19 IST

A show cause notice was issued to actress Soha Ali Khan was on Friday, asking her how she allegedly obtained a gun licence when she was underage and why it should not be cancelled, since it is in violation of the Arms Act.

It also asked her why her father, former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was the retainer of the .12 bore rifle, allegedly misused the weapon in connection with the black buck hunting case registered against him in Jhajjar district of Haryana in 2005.

The Gurgaon district administration, which issued the notice in the name of 'Soha Sultan', has separately ordered an inquiry into some missing original files of the arms licence after receiving the Jhajjar police probe report.

The actress was issued an arms licence on November 5, 1996 when she was a little over 18 years while the eligibility criteria as per the Arms Act, 1959, is 21 years, Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Gupta said.

Based on FIR No. 191 registered by the Jhajjar police on June 5, 2005, he said Pataudi misused the weapon for allegedly hunting an endangered black buck.

Soha has also been asked to explain that while applying for renewal on September 7, 2005 at Gurgaon, she "concealed the fact that the rifle (No. 91501) entered in her arms license was in custody of Jhajjar police".

"She should have informed the district authorities about this which was her moral duty," Gupta said.

The notice further states that the authorities could cancel the licence and take "appropriate action under the law if no reply is received from her side".

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