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A criminal complaint was filed against actor turned politician Kamal Haasan for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments of Hindus by associating terrorism with Hindu religion in Tamil Nadu on 12 May. The complaint was filed at Delhi’s Patiala House Court.

Haasan’s statement had started a new controversy. “Independent India’s first terrorist was a Hindu. His name is Nathuram Godse. I’m not saying this because this is a locality with a sizeable Muslim population, I’m saying this in front of a Gandhi statue,” he had said at an election rally for his party candidate in Aravakurichi assembly constituency.

MNM chief is also facing criticism from BJP leaders. ” It is necessary to state that the statement was made deliberately in the presence of a Muslim majority crowd for electoral gain, which is clearly a corrupt practice under Section 123(3) the Representation of the People Act 1951,” the BJP said in its complaint letter to EC. “Mr. Kamal Hasaan is deliberately promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of Harmony and brotherhood, which is an offence under Section 153A of the IPC.”

Meanwhile, Asaduddin Owaisi backed the Haasan and asked, “How can the killer of Gandhi be called great? Who killed the Father of the nation?”

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