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Padmavati Row: Police complaint filed against Javed Akhtar for his remarks on Rajputs

Jaipur-based lawyer accuses lyricist of causing communal disharmony

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February 1, 2018, 11:47 am

Padmavati Controversy

Padmavati ban in Jaipur.

Jaipur: A Jaipur-based lawyer approached the local police and registered a complaint against lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar for the latter’s alleged derogatory remarks on Rajput community.

As protests erupted against these remarks, a Jaipur-based lawyer – Pratap Singh Shekhawat approached the police Jaipur and registered a complaint accusing Akhtar of hurting the sentiments of a community and portraying them in aderogatory manner.

A news channel quoted Javed Akhtar as saying, “the Rajputs and the Rajwadas never fought against the British and now they are taking to the streets against a film and a filmmaker. All these ‘ranas’ ‘rajas’ and ‘maharajas’ of Rajasthan were serving in the courts of the British for 200 years. Where did their Rajput honour and valour go that time? They have become what they are since they had accepted to serve the British.”

Shekhawat in his complaint alleged that Akhtar attempted to create ill-will against a particular community through his remarks.

“Rajput community has sacrificed lives in the service of the county. Akhtar’s remarks seek to disrupt harmony among various communities which is a punishable offence,” said Shekhawat.

HE demanded an FIR be registered against Shekhawat under sections 153, 298, 504 and 505 (2) of IPC.

Shekhawat is a resident of Banipark area in Jaipur.

Rajasthan government has put a ban on Padmavat demanding that necessary changes be made to the movie before its release.

The complaint was registered with Sindhi Camp police station in Jaipur.

First published: November 21, 2017