Police complaint against Hamsalekha despite apology over comment on late seer

Kannada lyricist and composer Hamsalekha, found himself at the center of a controversy after his comments at an award ceremony last week, criticizing late seer Vishwesha Theertha Swami’s efforts to remove caste barriers, caused a furore. The composer apologised for his remarks on Monday after a video clip of his talk was shared widely on social media and a furore was raised by politicians, religious leaders and media personalities.
After a row on social media platforms, Hamsalekha issued an apology on Monday in a video uploaded on Facebook and stated that he did not intend to hurt anybody through his statements. Despite the apology, a police complaint was lodged in Bengaluru’s Hanumanth Nagar police station against Hamsalekha for his comments. The complainant Krishna Raja said that Hamsalekha’s statement hurt religious sentiments. The police registered a non-cognizable case over the complaint.
Akhila Bharata Brahmana Mahasabha has filed an FIR against him demanding an outdoor apology. Action must be taken against this caste supremacist group for harassment to silence voices, Actor Chetan tweets.

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