Bhajji's 'Ravana act' lands him in court

Published: Friday, October 10, 2008, 15:11 [IST]
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Harbhajan SinghChandigarh: Harbhajan Singh's 'Ravana act' in a TV dance reality show has caused severe resentment among VHP and other Hindu outfits who have filed a complaint in a local court here against the cricketer.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Kanchan Mahi fixed the hearing on Monday after Punjab VHP spokesman Vijay Singh Bhardwaj and others alleged in their complaint that Harbhajan, his co-participant TV actress Mona Singh and the channel that aired the programme had "intentionally and deliberately" hurt the religious feelings of Hindus.

Bhardwaj was referring to the 28-year-old maverick off-spinner's performance during the show 'Ek Khiladi, Ek Hasina' aired recently.

Arvind Thakur, who is also chairman of Akhil Bhartiya Rajput Council, and the Punjab Unit of Bajrang Dal are also party to the complaint.

The Akal Takht, the temporal seat of Sikhs, had earlier taken exception to the behaviour of the Sikh cricketer which, it said, had caused severe resentment among the community and had sought an apology from him.

"To wear a tilak (vermilion) on the forehead and to dress like Ravana and dance with a woman publicly is highly disgusting. The act was shown on several TV channels and the Sikh community can never tolerate such behaviour," Jathedar Gyani Gurbachan Singh had said on Wednesday.

Two years ago, Harbhajan had apologised after Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC), the apex religious body of the Sikhs, slammed the bowler for leaving his hair uncovered in an advertisement.


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