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Andhra Pradesh HC asks Telugu actor Mohan Babu to return Padma Shri

PTI  Hyderabad , December 24, 2013
First Published: 10:00 IST(24/12/2013) | Last Updated: 10:21 IST(24/12/2013)

The Andhra Pradesh high court has asked Telugu film actors Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam to return their Padma Shri awards for violation of rules accompanying them.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothy Sengupta and Justice P Sanjay Kumar, while hearing a petition filed by BJP leader N Indrasena Reddy on Monday, took serious note of the actor duo prefixing Padma Shri to their names in credits of a movie.

The high court observed that Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam should have surrendered the awards gracefully.

The controversy erupted when the recipients carried the title of Padma Shri as prefix in the credits of the controversial film Denikina Ready (2012), produced by Mohan Babu's son Manchu Vishnu who also played a lead role in it.

Reddy had alleged that both the senior actors used prefix of Padma Shri to their names in the credits of the movie. "According to rules, the award does not amount to a title and cannot be used as a suffix or prefix to the award winner's name on letterheads, invitation cards, posters and books among others," Reddy told reporters.

Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam were awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and 2009, respectively.

The matter is posted for further hearing on December 30.

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