Ram Gopal Varma summoned by court for poking fun at Lord Ganesha

Ram Gopal Varma may have quit Twitter a month ago, but his past tweets continue to haunt him. A Mumbai court has summoned the controversial filmmaker to appear before it on August 8, for “poking fun at Lord Ganesha” on Twitter, way back in 2014.

The Metropolitan Magistrate's Court in Andheri issued the summons last week based on a complaint filed by Viveck Shetty, the managing director of Indus Communications. In his complaint, Shetty said that RGV had not only questioned the ability of Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles from the path of his devotees, but also made fun of the elephant God’s physical attributes in his tweets dated August 29, 2014.

The complainant alleged that RGV’s comments were in "bad taste" and an insult to Lord Ganesha. "These tweets are per se outrageous and are on the face of it, hurting and inciting religious feelings and sentiments of people who practise, preach and propagate Hindu religion," the complaint read.

The court had earlier stated that during inquiry, police had found that RGV had commented about Lord Ganesha on the microblogging site during the Ganesha immersion in 2014, and his comments were said to be outrageous to religious sentiments of the Hindus.

In a series of tweets on August 29, 2014, the ‘Sarkar’ maker had posted, “I have an innocent question...Can someone please tell me how a Lord who couldn't save his own head will save others heads? ...Did Lord Ganesha have a paunch in his childhood too or did it develop in the recovery time of the elephant head operation?”

He later apologised by tweeting, “All tweets I put on Ganesha were in my usual manner but unintended by me to hurt anyone’s sentiments…but if they did I sincerely apologize.”

Meanwhile, RGV has quit the micro-blogging site and joined photo-blogging site Instagram where he continues to post controversial pictures and comments.