Mumbai: Just three days after a tabloid claimed to have a scoop on actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri planning their third child that too, a baby boy through surrogacy, the actor finds himself at the receiving end.
On Sunday, the National Inspection and Monitoring Committee filed a legal complaint against the Khan couple for engaging in sex selection of their baby. The complaint also names the actor's alleged doctor and the hospital in question, though both have denied any involvement.
"Though we are a fan of Shah Rukh Khan and we appreciate his acting, we are sorry to say from the Lek Ladki Abhiyan dias that he is revealing the sex of the child, who he is expecting in July. If he knows that he will have a son this means he has misused the technique. He should be punished for this. He should be sent to jail for 5 years and should be made to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 fine," Varsha Despande, who is the complainant in the case and one of the founder members of Lek Ladki Abhiyan, said.
Interestingly, the actor, who is a proud father of two teenaged children - Aryaan and Suhana - has not confirmed the surrogacy story and sources say that he is not too happy with this ongoing slugfest either.
Meanwhile, Mumbai's municipal officials have already been asked to probe into the matter. "The state government has informed us about the issue. We will be investigating the matter and then take appropriate action," Executive Health Officer Dr Arun R Bamne said.
If the tabloid's report is true, then Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan, won't be the only Bollywood couple to have opted for surrogacy. Aamir Khan and wife Kiran Rao had their first child Azaad back in 2011 through a surrogate.