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 for allegedly hurting Hindu sentiments.
“You have committed an offence under Section 295A IPC… Now, be prepared for the consequences,” Roy tweeted.
“@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.
@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. pic.twitter.com/qn94doOPdG
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) January 16, 2021
The veteran BJP leader also said another person from Bengaluru has complained to the police about the matter, news agency PTI reported.
On her part, the actress clarified that 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.
“Dear all, a post from 2015 has been brought to my notice which is extremely obnoxious… for all your information, I have (sic) joined Twitter in 2010 and after a brief use I lost interest in carrying forward. However, the account remained,” Saayoni said in a Twitter clarification.
— saayoni ghosh (@sayani06) January 16, 2021
The actress added that 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 tweeted.