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RTI activist demands withdrawal of Padma Shri award from actor Saif Ali Khan: Govt says it is examining the matter
While responding to an RTI query by this Citizen Journalist (SC Agrawal), in which demand has been raised to take back Padma Shri award from Saif Ali Khan, the Union home ministry replied that it is examining the entire issue.

Charges have been framed against the Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan by a Mumbai-court for his involvement in a scuffle that took place in a Mumbai-restaurant. The Film-actor is already facing several other criminal cases against him.

The Union Home Ministry should take back Padma award not only from Saif Ali Khan but also from other such controversial persons which surprisingly also included a wilful bank-defaulter!

Further, another RTI response has revealed that Saif Ali Khan was recommended for Padma awards by 'Awards Committee' in its meeting without mentioning name of members of Awards Committee who had recommended his name.

Significantly senior government-officers and eminent personalities from different fields are members of the Awards Committee, and all the recommended names are to be cleared by several intelligence-agencies before being announced for Padma awards on Republic-Day eve.

Name of member of Awards Committee having recommended name of Saif Ali Khan should be made public. Honouring controversial ones with Padma awards give bad name to the prestigious civilian honour.

Probe should also be ordered on functioning of intelligence-authorities which clear controversial names without any proper investigation even though media-reports prominently and regularly appear about awardees involved in criminal cases.

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