New Delhi: A criminal complaint was filed in Delhi’s Patiala House Court against Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief and actor Kamal Haasan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments with his recent remarks wherein he associated terrorism with Hindu religion.

The complainant Vishnu Gupta, who claimed to be the president of an organisation Hindu Sena, has sought Haasan’s prosecution for alleged offences punishable under Indian Penal Code sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on ground of religion, race, language etc) and 295-A (outrage religious feelings by insulting religion etc). The matter is likely to be listed before a Metropolitan Magistrate on May 16.

Haasan landed himself in trouble while addressing an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on May 19.  The actor-turned-politician had said that free India’s first ‘extremist was a Hindu’ — Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.

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“I am not saying this because this is a Muslim-dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Free India’s first extremist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (extremism, apparently) starts,” the MNM chief had stated.

Following his controversial remarks, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) yesterday approached the Election Commission of India (ECI) demanding a  five-day ban on Haasan. BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay filed the complaint against the actor-turned-politician.