Bangalore, March 2 (IANS): The Karnataka government’s decision to recommend the expulsion of Kannada actor and social activist Chetan Ahimsa is likely to face opposition from progressive and Dalit organisations. Although the ruling BJP remains silent on the matter, sources confirmed that the police sent a recommendation to the Home Secretary in this regard.
The sources said that the recommendation is made on the premise of actor Chetan causing unrest in society and affecting peace. However, progressive organizations and pro-Dalit groups with whom Chetan strongly identified, are likely to question and stage protests against the decision.
Chetan was recently arrested after he retweeted his post criticizing a sitting judge over his previous ruling, which was part of the larger bench set up to consider petitions filed in relation to the hijab line. He was warmly welcomed by hundreds of activists upon his release.
After being released from prison in Bengaluru, Chetan announced that there was nothing wrong with his tweet. Judges, MPs, MPs and bureaucrats are public servants and they can be questioned and no one can assume that they are indisputable. He also said he would continue to challenge the system. In a democracy, questioning is not only a right, but also a responsibility. He said that in this country people talk so cruelly about minorities, isn’t that provocation? Why aren’t they arrested?
Police reportedly recommended Chetan’s deportation based on a complaint filed at Basavanagudi police station against him for using abusive language against a community. He stoked controversy by making remarks about Brahmanism. Chetan, originally from Mysuru, grew up in the United States and is also an American citizen.
Chetan is currently acting in two Telugu films and one Kannada film. His other film is ready to be released. The producers of these films are worried about his possible expulsion. Film industry sources say the producers have invested around Rs 15 crores on him.
Chetan said he had no idea what the government’s proposal was. The case was not brought to the attention of his lawyer.
Chetan is also hated by the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress. As Congress staged a massive protest march demanding the implementation of the Mekedatu project, Chetan stood up and protested against the construction of a balancing reservoir in Mekedatu. He argued that the construction of dams and reservoirs is detrimental to the environment and is only carried out to fill the coffers of entrepreneurs and politicians.