Actor Prakash Raj files defamation case against BJP MP Pratap Simha over derogatory remarks

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Actor Prakash Raj files defamation case against BJP MP Pratap Simha over derogatory remarks

The notice was sent after Simha made some scathing tweets in Kannada about the actor's personal life.

Actor Prakash Raj today sent a defamation notice to BJP MP from Mysore Pratap Simha for making derogatory remarks against him. Simha allegedly made personal comments on Raj's tweet and Facebook post on October 2.

The notice was sent after Simha made scathing tweets in Kannada about the actor's personal life.

Simha went on to comment about Raj's dead son and his wife. The MP even accused Raj of changing his identity as per convenience.

Incidentally, Simha's tweet was in retaliation to Raj's statement raising questions on the government's silence over journalist Gauri Lankesh's murder.

"I have sent a legal notice to Mr Pratap Simha as a citizen of this country for the way he has trolled me which has disturbed my personal life. I am asking him to answer legally and if he does not, I will be taking criminal action against him," Raj told media persons.

Prakash Raj has also asked the MP to tender an unconditional apology. He went on to say that the MP is a serial offender who was trying to instigate him and make his personal life difficult.

"It is not just me, Prakash Rai said, 'When the wife of the late senior leader Mahadeva Prasad stood for election, Simha had the audacity that he thought she was mourning but instead she was greedy for power. The poor lady had tears in her eyes," added Raj.

When asked whether such trolling affects him, Prakash said, "I am made of a different mettle. I will not get terrorised by these people. I have seen others being terrorised, I will be their voice. Don't ever say that there is Muslim or Hindu terrorism. There are several examples of people terrorising people."

Sending out a strong message, Prakash Rai hit out at Simha saying, "I am worried about the women there (Simha's constituency) and the youth who are following him. If as a leader you are doing this, you have to answer. Don't destroy the social fabric. In this light I have taken up this stand. I will fight, he might be an influential person but I will fight."