HYDERABAD: Hindu Janasakthi leaders filed a case against Telugu actor and film critic, Kathi Mahesh for making derogatory and offensive comments against Lord Rama and Sita Devi.
In a debate on a news channel, Mahesh said, “For me, Ramayana is just a book and Sri Rama is a character. He might be a great person but I believe he is a fool. I wish Sita lived with Ravana and maybe that would have brought her justice.”
While speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Mahesh said, “I have my rights to express what I want and will put forward my opinions as I have a right to freedom of speech.”
“I am a rational human and in my opinion, Ravana was a better person. My comments were about Ramayana as a text and Ram as a character. There was no intention to hurt anyone. Now that they have pressed charges against me, the police will do the needful.”
“We can see in his official Twitter handle where he wrote that no TV channel is inviting him for a debate and that he will soon create a controversy. He had deliberately called them and when they did not answer his call, he Tweeted asking them to lift his call. He is eager to create a controversy. When the panelists questioned his statements, he showed no remorse. We demand his immediate arrest and want PD Act to be invoked against him,” said Karuna Sagar, an advocate.