In the 2012 brawl case, involving Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan, a local court referred both the accused and prosecution for mediation. The complainant, Iqbal Sharma, did not turn up at court. In mediation, both prosecution and accused would be asked whether the parties want to withdraw the case mutually.
“The metropolitan magistrate has referred the case for mediation. Khan has consented to it and also the prosecution side,” said public prosecutor Wajid Sheikh. After the case was referred to a mediation centre attached to Esplanade court, the magistrate also directed for a mediator to be appointed in the case.
On February 22, 2012, Saif with his two friends- Bilal Amrohi and Shakkel Ladak – were arrested, following a complaint filed by Iqbal Mir Sharma, an NRI businessman, after an alleged fight at a restaurant inside Taj Hotel in Mumbai. The three were later released on bail. The court framed charges against them under sections 325 (assault) and 34 (common intention) of Indian Penal Code. The thre have pleaded innocence.