Comedian Kiku arrested, sent to 14-day judicial custody

Chandigarh, Jan 13 (IANS) Actor Kiku Sharda, known for his comic role in popular TV show “Comedy Nights with Kapil”, was sent to 14 days judicial custody on Wednesday, a day after his arrest in Mumbai.

“He was booked for hurting the religious sentiments of the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda sect on December 31,” an officer of Haryana Police, which made the arrest, said here.

A complaint was filed against Kiku by a follower of the sect, the officer said.

Kiku was arrested by a Haryana Police team while he was shooting a new episode of the show in Mumbai on Tuesday evening.

He was brought to Kaithal town in Haryana, 135 km from here, on Wednesday by police and produced before a court which sent him on judicial remand.

Kiku was accused by sect follower Uday Singh of dressing up like controversial Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. The episode was aired on December 27.

The actor had apologized, saying he never intended to hurt anyone.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday refused to be drawn into the controversy.

“The government has no role. A complaint was filed with the police and action followed. The police will act as per law,” Khattar said here.

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