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Court directs Kamal Haasan to appear before it on May 5 for defaming Mahabharata

Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Apr 21 (UNI) A lower court in Tamil Nadu today directed popular actor Kamal Haasan to appear before it on May 5 in connection with a complaint filed before it for making derogatory remarks against epic Mahabharata and Hinduism.

In his petition filed before the Judicial Magistrate (JM) court in Valliyoor here on March 21, one V Authinatha Sundaram said that Kamal Haasan made certain controversial comments, while participating in a programme hosted by a Tamil television news channel on March 12. When the anchor asked the actor’s opinion about violence meted out to women, particularly in the film industry in the recent times, Haasan replied that Mahabharata narrates a gambling tale in which a woman was used as a pawn and pledged. This book (Mahabharata) is appreciated in this land and thus, it is not surprising that such incidents of violence take place against women, he had said.

The petitioner’s counsel S.Kanthimathinathan argued that Mahabharata is an epic that spoke about many valuable things essential for human life. But, the actor made remarks in the guise that it promotes gambling and recognizes gambling by pledging woman. His words have hurt the sentiments of Hindu people and hence it is necessary to inquire the actor by issuing summons to him and punish him.

Magistrate M.Senthil Kumar directed Palavoor police to inquire the issue and file its report within a month from the date of issuance of the order.

However, the Palavoor police did not file a report before the court.

When the case came up for hearing, the magistrate directed the actor to appear before the court in connection with the case. He also issued a show-cause notice to the Palavoor police for failing to execute the court order.

A similar petition was filed against the actor by Hindu Makkal Katchi in the District Munsif Court at Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district on March 24.