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Court admits complaint against Kamal Haasan

Court admits complaint against Kamal Haasan

The actor has been booked under sections 500 (Punishment for defamation), 511, 298 (hurting religious sentiment), 295-A (intend to outrage religious feelings), and 505-C (attempt to incite hatred enmity between classes) of the Indian Penal Code.

A court in Varanasi on Saturday admitted a plaint filed by a local lawyer against actor Kamal Haasan for his remark on "Hindu terror".

It rather ended in a complaint getting registered against Kamal HAssan for hurting the religious sentiments of Hindu religion.

He said the actor should refrain from such remarks as he has a huge public following.

Earlier this week Haasan in his column in the Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan had written: "In the past, Hindu right-wing groups would not indulge in violence, but they would hold a dialogue with the opposite parties on their arguments".

His defense came a day after the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha said that Kamal Haasan and likes of him "should be shot dead". They too have started using violence. Once this approach started failing they have resorted to muscle power. "The Hindus can not challenge others to show extremists among them since extremism has spread to that extent even among the Hindus", he wrote.

"The people who insult Hindus and their religion should not be forgiven", said Abhishek Agarwal, Meerut president of the outfit.

"Extremism has spread into their camp as well", the actor said.

Actor Kamal Haasan's recent comment on Hindu terror has triggered outrage and condemnation from the right-wing, with a Hindu Mahasabha leader even going to the extent of saying that the star should be shot dead.