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'MODI BIGGER ACTOR THAN ME'
Case registered against Prakash Raj for criticising PM Modi
- TEAM PT
Case registered against Prakash Raj for criticising PM Modi



FIVE TIMES NATIONAL award wining actor Prakash Raj took a hit out at PM Narendra Modi on Sunday over his silence on the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru. Raj was speaking at the inauguration of the 11th State meet of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) where he said that he could tell when those in power-including PM Narendra Modi were ‘acting’ and he felt like giving his national awards back.
 
Now Raj has landed himself in a legal mess over those remarks. A case has been registered against the 52-year-old star on a complaint filed by a lawyer.
 
The case will be heard in a Lucknow Court on October 7 this year.
 
Earlier on October 3, at an event in Bengaluru, the actor had said, "Gauri Lankesh's killers have not been caught yet. But what is more disappointing is people celebrating her murder over social media and spreading hatred. Some of these people who celebrated her (Gauri's) murder are followed by our Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) on Twitter. We have a PM, who shuts his eyes to this."

The actor further stated that, Prime Minister Modi's continued silence is worrying and he has continued to follow some people on social media, who had celebrated Lankesh's killing.

Raj also added that Prime Minister Modi was a better actor than him, and that he should, maybe, therefore, give the acting awards he had won to him.
 
Later that day, Prakash Raj posted a video on Twitter, clarifying that he had no intentions of returning his National Awards and would be a "fool" to do so.
 
Prakash Raj is a prominent name in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industries. He has won five National Film Awards for his incredible body of work in the movies.

Journalist organisations and Left parties have accused Right-wing groups of orchestrating the murder, which, the police said, bears resemblance to the murder of rationalist MM Kalburgi in 2015.
 
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