A court here has issued a summons to Ram Gopal Varma on a complaint filed against the filmmaker for “poking fun at Lord Ganesha” on Twitter.
The Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court in Andheri issued the summons to the filmmaker last week, directing him to appear before it on August 8.
Three years ago, Varma had tweeted, “The guy who couldn’t save his own head from being cut, how he will save others heads is my question? But Happy Ganapathi day to morons!” The controversy’s child didn’t stop just there. His next tweet read, “”Can someone tell me if today is the day Ganesha was originally born or is it the day his dad cut his head off?”
The complaint against Varma was filed by Viveck Shetty, the managing director of Indus Communications.
The complainant also alleged that Varma’s comments were in “bad taste” and an insult to Lord Ganesha. “These tweets are per se outrageous and are on the face of it, hurting and inciting religious feelings and sentiments of people who practice, preach and propagate Hindu religion,” the complaint read.
The court had earlier said that during the inquiry, the police had found that the filmmaker had, during the Ganesha immersion in 2014, commented about the elephant god on Twitter, which could have outraged the religious feelings of Hindus.
Varma was not available for comments.