Kannada actor Upendra Rao booked under SC&ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act for casteist commentstext_fields
Bengaluru: The Karnataka Police has asked actor Upendra Rao to appear for questioning on Monday in connection with a case related to a controversial statement he made against Dalits.
Two FIRs have been filed against the actor under the provision of the Atrocity Act, which is considered a non-bailable offence.
Upendra while giving a live on social media had quoted a Kannada proverb which demeans the Dalit community following which a row was triggered in the state and his statements were condemned.
Following the backlash, director and actor Upendra tendered an unconditional apology and clarified that he didn’t intend to hurt the sentiments of any section of society.
The Assistant Director attached to the Social Welfare Department, Madhusoodhan had lodged a case against him at the Chennammanakere Achukattu police station. Another complaint was lodged by Bhyrappa Harish Kumar attached to Ranadheera Pade in Halasuru Gate police station.
The police have served notices at his residences in Sadashivanagar and Katriguppe localities to appear for the investigation. The police have also sent the notice on WhatsApp. The actor, who is known for his unique content challenging the existing political system and traditions, is often caught in the thick of controversies.
His pan-India movie ‘Kabzaa’ bombed at the box office. He is presently busy with another pan-India project “UI”.
Upendra is a star director who delivered mega hits and went on to become a superstar. He has also launched a political party 'Prajakeeya' in Karnataka.
Karnataka Minister for Social Welfare Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa said that he had assumed that Upendra had a fair knowledge of history, culture and life of the country. "Humiliating in terms of caste is an insult to the Constitution. One has to be careful while making a public speech," he said.