Telangana police slapped a six-month externment from Hyderabad against controversial film critic Kathi Mahesh for his alleged hate speech hurting the religious sentiments of a section of society on several occasions.
Similarly, the permission to organise counter-protest programmes against the statements made by Mahesh was not permitted in the State.
Director General of Police M. Mahendar Reddy said that Mahesh’s hate-filled statements would lead to potential threat to the law and order situation in the State.
Freedom of speech is a fundamental right, but a comment should not hurt others’ sentiments, he said.
“Television channels cannot be permitted to act as platforms for nurturing and promoting divisive tendencies among sections of society, which is a violation of law,” he said.
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