Kolkata: Senior BJP leader and former Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy has filed a police complaint against Bengali actress Saayoni Ghosh for a meme shared on Twitter, alleging that it hurt the sentiments of Hindus.
"... You have thus committed an offence under Section 295A IPC... Now, be prepared for the consequences," Roy said on Twitter.
Ghosh, however, claimed the meme dates back to February 2015, and was not posted by her, but an act of mischief by someone who hacked her account then.
Notably, the BJP leader had been up-in-arms against the actress, who allegedly hurt Hindu sentiments six years back in a tweet. Several self-proclaimed benefactors of the Hindu cause are also looking to file complaints against Saayoni Ghosh, in Assam, Bengaluru, and elsewhere, over the tweet, judging by Tathagata Roy's statement on the same.
"@sayani06, you have already been reported to Kolkata Police. The complaint is attached. Meanwhile, a person from Guwahati has told me that his religious feelings have been hurt by your meme and he is filing a complaint. I hope Assam Police will take cognizance and ask for remand," he added.
The veteran BJP leader also said another person from Bengaluru has complained to the police about the matter. There is also one more registered complaint in Guwahati.
The young actress, in her reply, tweeted: "Dear all, a post from 2015 has been brought to my notice which is extremely obnoxious... for all your information, I have joined Twitter in 2010 and after a brief use I lost interest in carrying forward. However, the account remained." Ghosh said she later discovered that her account had been hacked and she needed to retrieve it immediately.
"For various reasons, we could only do that after 2017 and I got back in touch with the Twitter world with a bang. We have skipped a few unnecessary posts while deleting most," she said.
Roy had also taken exception to a recent comment by Ghosh over the chant of 'Jai Sri Ram' by motorcycle-borne youths.
(With inputs from agencies)