Ram Gopal Varma booked for tweets against Ram Rahim

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2015 11:39 IST

Already in controversy for a tweet about Lord Ganesha, Bollywood director Ram Gopal Varma has invited the ire of Dera Sacha Sauda followers by writing against its head, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, on the micro blogging website.

Dera follower Jasbir Singh of Ludhiana's Lohara village has lodged a first information report (FIR) against Varma at Daba village in this district under Section 298 (uttering words to hurt religious sentiments) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 66 (sending offensive messages through communication services and devices) of the Information Technology Act.

Jasbir Singh has accused Varma of using derogatory and objectionable language against the dera head in a series of three tweets that have outraged the followers of Ram Rahim. Varma had allegedly referred to the dera head as "shaitan" (the devil). Varma tweeted the comments on February 13 about the release of Ram Rahim movie 'MSG: The Messenger'.

Daba station house officer (SHO) inspector Jatinder Singh said the police would take appropriate action. Filmmaker Varma's tweeting against Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi had also created a controversy.

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