Changanti is Andhra Pradesh's official cultural and development adviser.

Complaint against spiritual speaker Changanti Koteswara Rao for derogatory comment on Lord KrishnaImage credit: Facebook/Brahmasri Chaganti Koteswara Rao
news Crime Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 09:18

A spiritual speaker, Chaganti Koteswara Rao, was the centre of a controversy, after the All India Yadava Mahasabha, registered a complaint against him for making derogatory comments against the Yadav community and Lord Krishna during a show on a regional TV channel.

The community filed a case with the Cyber Crime Police in Cyberabad.

Ram Chandra Yadav, a resident from Ranga Reddy district, filed the complaint, claiming that the clip of a speech with derogatory comments went viral on social media and demanded the immediate arrest of Chaganti as this incident had affected their image.  

"We have watched the video. It was broadcast in ETV, where the spiritual speaker was talking about Lord Krishna and his background saying, that Lord Krishna was born in Yadav family and was not as rich as Lord Ram, who was an emperor," ACP S Jayaram told The News Minute.

"Ram Chandra Yadav claimed that this comment had hurt the community’s sentiments. We are still investigating how to go forward with the case. A defamation case can be booked, but that would not come under the cyber crime department. We will proceed accordingly, after legal advice," he added. Changanti is no stranger to controversy.

The Hindu reported, that a similar incident had occurred in May 2016, when Shirdi Saibaba devotees demanded an apology from Chaganti for hurting their religious sentiments.

They alleged that during a discourse in a temple in Visakhapatnam in 2012, Chaganti said that one should not worship the idol of Shirdi Sai on par with Gods and Goddesses, as he was only a human being.

Chaganti's programmes are aired on regional channels like ETV and Bhakti TV, and he is quite popular among Telugu speaking people.

In April 2016, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu appointed the spiritual guru as the state government's cultural and development adviser, after was impressed by his his talk on ‘hard work.’

 

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