Cassian Baliarsingh

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan has ‘unequivocally’ denied any role in the release of eight Indian Naval veterans in Qatar and said that it was done solely by the Indian government.

"All the eight Naval veterans who had been arrested on alleged spying charges were freed after King Khan’s intervention," BJP leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had said in a post on X.

“Modi should take cinema star Shah Rukh Khan to Qatar with him since after MEA and NSA had failed to persuade the Sheikhs of Qatar, Modi pleaded with Khan to intervene, and thus got an expensive settlement from the Qatar Sheikhs to free our Naval officer,” Swamy tweeted.

Swamy’s comments came a few hours after a picture of King Khan shaking hands with the Qatar PM went viral. The Prime Minister of Qatar received Shah Rukh Khan and also honoured him as a special guest in Doha Football Arena. 

However, SRK’s team released a statement and denied any role in an official statement that read, “Regarding the reports concerning Shah Rukh Khan’s purported role in the release of India’s naval officers from Qatar, the office of Mr. Shah Rukh Khan says that any such assertions of his involvements are unfounded, emphasizing the execution of this successful resolution solely rests with the Indian government officials and unequivocally denies Mr. Khan’s participation in this matter.”

“Additionally, all matters involving diplomacy and statecraft are best executed by our very able leaders. Mr. Khan like many other Indians is happy that the naval officers are home safe and wishes them all the best,” the statement concluded.