The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), an umbrella body of over 32 film industry unions, on Tuesday announced in a press release that they have issued a non-cooperative directive against actor Gauahar Khan for two months for violating quarantine rules after testing positive for Covid-19. This comes a day after the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Monday filed a First Information Report (FIR) against her for the same.
The FWICE’s statement advised members of the “affiliated craft to distance themselves from being associated with Ms Gauahar Khan for the next two months until a fresh directive is issued by the FWICE”.
As per the statement, the actor had “endangered the lives of the entire crew members” who were working with her on the shoot.
On Monday, BMC announced on Twitter that it had filed an FIR against an actor for violating Covid-19 protocols after testing positive.
“BMC has filed an FIR against a Bollywood actor for non-compliance to Covid-19 guidelines on testing positive.” While the civic body did not mention the actor’s name, DCP Chaitanya S confirmed to Silverscreen India that actor in question was Khan.
No Compromise On City’s Safety!
BMC has filed an FIR against a Bollywood actor for non-compliance to COVID19 guidelines on testing positive.
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) March 15, 2021
Talking to Silverscreen India, Chaitanya said, “An official of the BMC registered an FIR against Gauahar Khan saying that she tested positive for Covid-19 but instead of remaining in quarantine she went out for film shooting. The case is under investigation right now.”
He said that the actor was charged under Indian Penal Code Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), along with Section 51B (refusal to comply with any direction given by an authority) of the NDMA Act, Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act (penalty under for violating section 188 of the IPC).
While the actor was unavailable for comments, she posted a story on her Instagram account which read: “Truth shall prevail”.
Meanwhile, a Twitter account named Team Gauahar Khan posted a statement saying that the actor had tested negative in several reports and that she was a law-abiding citizen. The account has also posted a screenshot of one of the Covid-19 results of the actor where she has tested negative for the virus.