The Haryana governement has sought to cancel the FIRs lodged against actor-comedian Kiku Sharda for mimicking rape convict and self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insan. According to a report by Hindustan Times, the FIRs lodged by the followers of the Dera Sacha Sauda chief against the comedian, on grounds of hurting religious sentiments, might be quashed.
Sharda, who is popular for his portrayal of comic roles in The Kapil Sharma Show, had imitated the convict the head of the cult, in a programme titled Jashan-e-Umeed. According to an earlier report, the episode had aired on TV on 27 December 2015.
The followers did not take to the impersonation kindly and filed FIRs on 1 January 2016, following which, the actor was booked under Section 295A of the Indian Penal Code for allegedly hurting religious sentiments of a community by insulting its beliefs.
However, according to the Haryana additional advocate general Amar Vivek, no offence could be found in Sharda’s case. Hence, applications for cancellation of FIRs have now been submitted to the court. Sharda had also spoken out earlier, saying that the complaints were filed as part of an ‘act’ and was an attack on his own fundamental rights. Therefore, this move could bring him some much-needed relief.
The Dera chief was convicted of raping two women inside the Dera premises and sentenced to a 20 years in prison, on 25 August.