Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao slapped with sedition case in Bihar
A sedition case was filed against Bollywood actor-producer Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao on Wednesday in a Bihar court based on his statement on increasing intolerance in the country
Muzaffarpur (Bihar): A complaint was filed in a Muzaffarpur court on Wednesday against film star Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao under various sections including sedition over his remarks on intolerance.
The complaint was filed by advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Sushma Trivedi.
Kiran Rao with husband Aamir Khan
The court fixed December one for hearing into the matter.
Ojha stated in the complaint that he felt hurt hearing Aamir's remarks. "I have filed a sedition case against Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao over their statement that intolerance has increased in the country, as it created bad environment and has defamed the country," Ojha said.
The complaint was filed under sections 153 (A),(B) and 124 (A). 153 (A) pertains to promoting enemity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony.
153 (B) relates to imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration and Section 124 (A) relates to sedition.
At an awards event in New Delhi on Monday, Aamir spoke of "growing despondency" in India for the last six to eight months.
He said: "When I sit at home and talk to Kiran, for the first time she said, 'Should we move out of India?' Now that's a very disastrous and a big comment to make to me."
His statement drew widespread criticism even as many defended him.
Ojha said the court has accepted his complaint for hearing later this week.
Meanwhile, Aamir on Wednesday clarified his stance on "intolerance", saying he and his wife Kiran Rao love India and won't leave the country.
He added: "Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said."