The arrest warrant was issued by different courts in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The apex court has sought responses from complainants on the actor's plea for a transfer of the cases outside those states. Earlier, fans of Shilpa Shetty had protested against Gere kissing Shetty at a public event. They said that in a conservative society like India, such a public display of affection was vulgar. Gere's impromptu hug and kiss had provided a field day for the media.