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Panaji, Nov 21: The Goa court has summoned mega star Amitabh Bacchan in connection with the anti-tobacco case filed against him and four others by a NGO.

Judicial magistrate first class, Panaji, has asked Bacchan to remain present in the court on November 29 for alleged violation of anti tobacco laws.

The summons were issued on November 20 to Bachchan and four others in the case filed by National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE).

The NGO has alleged Bachchan violated anti-tobacco laws by appearing in an advertisement of Anchor Daewoo India which featured a photograph of him with a cigar in the film "Family".

The case was filed by NOTE General Secretary Shekhar Salkar.Thali said besides the actor, producer Keshu Ramsay, his company DMS Films Private Limited, Anchor Daewoo India and AB Corp Ltd were named respondents in the case.

The case was filed under Cr PC, Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act of 2003 and Goa Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act of 1997.

NOTE said between December 25, 2005 and January 1, 2006, hoardings with Bachchan smoking a cigar and endorsing Anchor Daewoo's electronic appliances were put up along the National Highway 17 from Margao to Mapusa in Goa.

"Such hoardings were also displayed at various places in the country," the NGO said in the case.


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