Marathi actress Ketki Chitale, who posted ‘objectionable’ against Nationalist Congress Party president Sharad Pawar, has been taken into custody by Thane police. The development came after a complaint was lodged with the Kalwa police by NCP leader Swapnil Netke against Chitale, who posted a Marathi poem defaming Pawar and resulted in a political uproar.
Chitale shared a poem written by advocate Nitin Bhave on her Facebook wall, which sparked a political controversy and the actress was heavily trolled for the hate speech used in the poem.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena president Raj Thackeray also criticized her, saying such things “have no place in Marathi culture, and I strongly condemn it”.
“Differences should be fought at ideological level. I disagree with Sharad Pawar, but such writings display a deranged mind and it should be stopped in time,” he said in a statement.
In his complaint to Thane Police, Netke said that Chitale’s defamatory post has caused outrage among party leaders, workers and people and may lead to law and order problem.
“Ketki Chitale has created enmity among political parties by such posts, we have demanded strict action against him and he may be arrested,” he said.
Thane Police has started investigation by registering a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Top NCP leaders and ministers including Majeed Memon, Dr Jitendra Awhad, Chhagan Bhujbal, Dilip Walse-Patil, Rupali Chakankar and others have attacked Chitale, though Pawar criticized it with a grin this evening.
Chitale has worked in a few television serials, but gained fame through the series “Tuja Maza Breakup” and is notorious for making controversial statements on social media.