Bengaluru. Actor Prakash Raj, who has been in the limelight for his critical views on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has sent a legal notice to a BJP MP seeking an unconditional apology from the latter for his alleged derogatory remarks against him.
In the notice, Raj has told Pratap Simha, MP from Mysuru, that he would face legal action if he did not apologise.
Raj and his lawyer Naveen Nagarjuna on Thursday released the letter along with copies of Simha’s posts of October 2 to reporters here. “Being sad due to sons death, having left your wife and ran behind dancer, Do you Mr. Rai, have any right/legitimacy/worthiness to say anything to Yogi-Modi??! (sic),” a tweet by Simha said.
The tweet had obvious reference to Raj’s four-year-old son, who had died in 2004 in an accident while flying a kite.
The other tweet said: “Your name in Karnataka is Prakash Rai and Prakash Raj in Tamil Nadu, you change your name & identity according to your convenience & necessity in different states.”
Raj, a popular actor who has acted in several Kannad, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi movies, told reporters that he had sent the notice to Simha for trolling him. “I took the step because 99% of those who trolled me are behind masks. But here a responsible man representing a constituency is part of the trolling,” he said. “He has to answer my queries legally. Otherwise, I will be forced to take criminal action against him.”
He termed Simha a “serial offender” trolling people on social media.
Raj has become a vehement critic of Modi since his close friend Gauri Lankesh was shot dead allegedly by assailants in Bangalore on September 5. Lankesh was a staunch critic of right wing politics and her murder was celebrated by many Twitter handles followed by Modi.
Shaken by the celebratory mood in the right wing camp, Raj questioned Modi’s silence over the issue. Since then he has been busy tweeting critical comments on Modi, BJP, RSS and affiliate organisations on the issues like intolerance and attack on minorities and Dalits.