Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to say that his father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi lived and died in the service of India and the thought process of a fictional character of a web series could never change that.
Gandhi was referring to the recent complaints that were lodged against popular streaming platform Netflix, Nawazudding Siddiqui and the producers of the series Sacred Games for insulting Rajiv Gandhi.
"BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right. My father lived and died in the service of India and that the views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that," he tweeted.
BJP/RSS believe the freedom of expression must be policed & controlled. I believe this freedom is a fundamental democratic right.â€” Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 14, 2018
My father lived and died in the service of India. The views of a character on a fictional web series can never change that.#SacredGames
The complaint was filed by Suresh Shyamal Gupta, the President of Youth Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Mumbai.
"I would like to draw your attention towards a serial called 'Sacred Games' which has started on Netflix contains a scene from the fourth episode in which the lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen abusing our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and calling him Fattu (p**** as translated in the subtitle of the show)," he had said.
Gupta in his complaint had also stated about how the show disregarded the decision of Parliament on Shah Bano Case.
"Hence, I request you to consider this as my formal complaint and lodge an FIR against Netflix, production house, actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, director Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and the producer of 'Sacred Games' under appropriate sections of IT Act and Indian Penal Code," he had demanded.
On Tuesday, a Congress activist in West Bengal lodged a police complaint against actor Nawazuddin and the makers of the series for â€œinsulting and abusingâ€ Rajiv Gandhi.