The Chhattisgarh High Court, on November 23, dismissed a criminal petition seeking action against actor Aamir Khan for his comments on intolerance in the country after 2014. A single-judge Bench of Justice Sanjay K Agrawal declared the petitions as without merit. "I do not find any merit in the instant petition. It deserves to be and is accordingly dismissed, being substanceless and meritless as well," the Bench said. The Court was hearing a petition moved by a lawyer, Dipak Diwan, who had earlier filed a criminal complaint against Aamir Khan for his remarks on 'growing intolerance'. He alleged that the actor had attempted to promote enmity between various groups on the grounds of religion, place of birth etc, and tried to hamper the national integration. (Sections 153-A and 153-B of the Indian Penal Code) . At the Ramnath Goenka Award Ceremony 2015, Khan had commented that he felt "alarmed" by incidents of intolerance, and that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should leave the country. His statements were made against the backdrop of the Dadri lynching case.
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