On April 15, 2007, a TV channel had telecast a programme relating to AIDS awareness in which Shilpa Shetty and Hollywood actor Richard Gere had appeared. During the show, Gere had kissed Shilpa and the incident raised a controversy at that time.
However, Siwan lawyer and president of Bhojpuri Kranti Parishad,Ramji Singh filed a case in the court on May 5, 2007 stating that the kissing act of Shilpa and Gere in public was indecent and a crime under Sections 294 and 500 of the IPC.
After four years, the Siwan First Class Magistrate on August 1, 2011, issued summons to Shilpa Shetty, Richard Gere, managing director, director and the then announcer of the TV channel that telecast the programme for hurting the Indian and Bhojpuri culture by showing indecent content on the show. The court also directed them to appear before it on September 7, 2011.
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