A private complaint has been filed by lawyer Sardar Parvinder Singh against National Award-winning actor Prakash Raj in a Lucknow court on Wednesday, 4 October, over his recent comments against Narendra Modi.
The case will come up for hearing on October 7.
Earlier on October 3, at an event in Bengaluru, the actor had said, “Gauri Lankesh’s killers have not been caught yet. But what is more disappointing is people celebrating her murder over social media and spreading hatred. Some of these people who celebrated her (Gauri’s) murder are followed by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on Twitter. We have a PM, who shuts his eyes to this.”
The actor further stated that, Prime Minister Modi’s continued silence is worrying and he has continued to follow some people on social media, who had celebrated Lankesh’s killing.
Raj also added that Modi is a better actor than him and that he should, maybe, therefore, give the acting awards he had won to him.
Raj said Modi’s silence on “his followers’ actions” proves “he is trying to be a bigger actor than me”.
Later that day, Prakash Raj posted a video on Twitter, clarifying that he had no intentions of returning his National Awards and would be a “fool” to do so.
What’s said…n what’s not said. For all out there .. thank you pic.twitter.com/zIT7rnkFxb
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) October 2, 2017
Lankesh, the 55-year-old editor of Kannada weekly tabloid by her name Gauri Lankesh Patrike, was killed by unidentified men outside her home in the city suburbs on September 5.