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04-03-2012, 05:23 PM #1
Vivek Oberoi furious over false Hookah smoking charges
Bollywood star Vivek Oberoi is facing charges under the Tobacco Act for allegedly smoking Hookah (Shisha - Waterpip - Flavoured Tobacco/Molasses) at a Mumbai restaurant earlier this week.
Mumbai Police undertook a surprise inspection at the city restaurant based in the suburb 'Vile Parle' located in the Sahara Hotel where they found 24 people including Vivek smoking the Hookah pipes which is banned in public areas.
Vivek has today denied the accused charge and claimed "I was having a dinner at a five-star hotel, I have the bill and at least 25 witnesses to prove that there was neither any kind of smoking nor alcohol on my table. Unfortunately, actors have become soft targets for such sensational nonsense. This rubbish should stop. It is very hurtful and unfair."
The 35-year-old actor is incidentally an ambassador for World Health Organisation's anti-smoking movement.
According to the police, though Vivek had requested the officials to let him go as he had not smoked, cases were registered against all the customers under the Tobacco Act, and probe will reveal who had actually smoked hookah.
Reacting to reports, Vivek said, "I can't believe that some sections of the media can be so irresponsible. It is extremely disturbing...after 11 years of consistent hard work and commitment as an anti-tobacco ambassador, being awarded and recognised by the United Nations for my efforts, inspiring hundreds of young volunteers to join the anti-tobacco cause. They have damaged my reputation with such lies."