Legislative Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse-Patil on Friday asked the state home ministry to inquire into a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator’s charge that actor Anupam Kher had insulted the Constitution while speaking in support of the Jan Lokpal Bill.
“I am a law-abiding citizen and I have never shown any disrespect to the Constitution. A lot of time has lapsed since the Constitution was framed and there is nothing wrong in revisiting it. It is for the elected representatives to look into,” Kher told the Hindustan Times.
Walse-Patil asked Home Minister RR Patil to probe the matter and take appropriate action.
NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad alleged that Kher had said the Constitution should be thrown out. “This is an insult to the Constitution as well as its author, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar,” Awhad said.
The 56-year-old actor is said to have made these comments on a TV show on Anna Hazare’s agitation for a stringent anti-corruption mechanism.
“It is hilarious to say I can’t prosecute the corrupt in politics, but they want to find a statement of an actor who is speaking as a citizen and take action against him,” said Kher.
Kher and many other Bollywood personalities have supported Hazare’s campaign.