WEB DESK: Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan’s luck is not favoring him these days as the actor is landing into legal troubles one after the other.
This time the actor has been accused of hurting the sentiments of Christian community through his remarks about their religious head-Pope.
The actor recently cracked a joke in a tweet that he was “more likely to be dating the Pope” than any of the actresses the media had been linking him up with recently.
The remark about the pope was Roshan’s initial public reaction to an interview by his former girlfriend, Kangana Ranaut, in which the actress said a “silly ex” was giving her trouble and causing her to lose roles.
Even though he wasn’t named in the interview, Roshan lashed out through his Twitter account, saying, “Ther r more chances of me having had an affair with d Pope dan any of d (Im sure wonderful) women d media hs been naming.”
His careless tweet landed the actor into another legal issue. He has been served a legal notice by Abraham Mathai, the former vice chairman of the State Minorities Commission. Mathai , who is also the president of Indian Christian Voice,has accused Hrithik for hurting the sentiments of the Christian community with his joke.
Mathai’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee said the notice has been sent to the 42-year-old actor under the provision of Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code asking the actor to apologize in seven days or else, a criminal complaint will follow.
The notice went on to say that by making such a statement on a public platform, Hrithik has not only wilfully challenged the chastity of the respected Pope but has also shown him in poor light.
“Thus malafidely, mischievously and intentionally outraged the religious feelings and insulted the religious beliefs of Romans Catholics all over the world who consider the Pope to be absolutely chaste as their spiritual and religious leader,” the notice read.
In an interview with Scroll India, Mathai stated, “Hrithik Roshan has the right to have a relationship with anyone, but he doesn’t have the right to draw in the pope. This has unfortunate inferences – it suggests that the pope is gay. I’ve asked Roshan for an unconditional apology. It hurts the Catholic community for whom the pope is a revered personality.”