Will she or won’t she perform in Bengaluru on New Year’s Eve? Actor Sunny Leone’s much-touted performance now hinges on the Karnataka High Court, as the organiser of the event has filed a plea.
The event was denied permission by the city police commissioner Sunil Kumar on grounds of security, after a fringe pro-Kannada outfit protested against the event and burnt posters of the actor.
In his petition, Harish has asked the court to allow the event.
Speaking with TNM on Monday, Harish said, ”I tried to meet the Home Minister (Ramalinga Reddy) but he refused to meet me. Instead, I was told that I should meet the Commissioner.”
“I decided to move court instead thinking that I will be made to meet the Home Minister again,” Harish said.
The case will be heard on Tuesday or Thursday.
On whether he will get a favourable verdict, Harish said, “I believe and I hope that is the case. I am keeping my fingers crossed.”
After the Karave Yuva Sene, an offshoot of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike held protests, Sunny Leone had asked for a permission letter from the government.
The protesters had claimed that the proposed event was against Kannada culture.
Sunny, who is currently in South Africa along with her husband, could not be reached for comment.
"We have denied permission fearing law and order problems in the wake of protests by pro-Kannada outfits and also keeping in view the directions of the Karnataka High Court in a molestation case reported on MG Road last New Year's Eve," Home Minister R Ramalinga Reddy had said.
Before this, Ramalinga Reddy had spoken about how Sunny's appearance at a promotional event in Kochi had caused "law and order problems”.
The HC was hearing a plea and directed the state government to prevent any untoward incidents around the time of New Year.
The petitioner demanded a ban on liquor sales during New Year celebrations after last year’s chaos at Brigade Road, where there were allegations of mass molestation on December 31.
“We have all seen what happened at MG Road and Brigade Road on December 31 last year. Bringing people like Sunny Leone to Bengaluru will only corrupt the minds of men and women, and lead them to behave inappropriately,” he said