The foreign ministry had to intervene to ensure Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s “quick release” after he was detained by US immigration authorities at Los Angeles airport on Friday, government sources here said.
Taking up the issue with top US diplomats both here and in Washington, the government asked the US to ensure that Khan, one of the most recognisable faces in the world, was not subjected to such humiliating “extra screening”+ .
Official sources said members of Khan’s entourage contacted foreign ministry officials soon after he was asked to step aside by immigration authorities for further screening. “The matter was taken up with the US embassy here and also with the state department by the Indian embassy in Washington, DC. This helped in his quick release,” an official source said. Khan remained at the airport for close to 2 hours.
He was detained for almost 90 minutes at Newark airport in New Jersey in 2009 and then again in 2012 at an airport near New York in 2012. In New Jersey too, the Indian embassy had to intervene to secure his release.