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Actor-Turned-Politician Ramya Faces Sedition Case for Praising Pak

File photo of Ramya in Pakistan/Twitter

File photo of Ramya in Pakistan/Twitter

A Karnataka based advocate lodged a complaint against actor-turned-politician Ramya for praising Pakistan.

Bengaluru: A Karnataka-based advocate on Monday lodged a complaint against actor-turned-politician Ramya for her 'Pakistan is not hell' remark.

K Vittal Gowda, a Coorg- based advocate, filed a private complaint under Section 200 of Cr.Pc in the first Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court in Somwarpet, accusing Ramya of insulting India and provoking Indians by appreciating Pakistan.

He requested the court to register a case against the actor under Sections 124A of the IPC, which deals with sedition, besides other charges.

Judge Shyam Prakash posted the hearing of the case on August 27.

In a media statement, Ramya refused to apologies for her comment and claimed that she has done nothing wrong.

Ramya was recently in Islamabad to attend a SAARC Young Parliamentarians Conference. On her return, she said (at a convention in Mandya on Sunday) that Defence Minister Manohar Parikar was wrong in comparing Pakistan with 'hell'.

She also praised Pakistan for being 'nice' to her and 'hospitable'.

Her statement sparked massive protest across the state as local ABVP and BJP cadre held protests calling her 'anti-national'. They also demanded that she should apologies or leave India.

Meanwhile, Yuva Bharat members (a pro-BJP organisation in Mysuru) launched a postcard campaign urging Ramya to "shift to Pakistan".

State Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao defended Ramya. He said, "She was only sharing her experience of her recent visit to Pakistan. It was not a controversial statement."

first published:August 23, 2016, 08:57 IST