Ever since Akshay Kumar and his producer wife Twinkle Khanna announced the auction of the naval costume which Akshay wore in "Rustom", the decision has drawn harsh criticism from defence officers.
Now according to the latest development in the case, eleven serving defence officers and eight others have sent a legal notice to the actor and his wife. The complainant accused the couple of "playing with the sentiments" of the army officers.
According to media reports, the group which accused Akshay includes the wife of a Navy man and seven retired officers. The complainant alleged that the Bollywood couple listed the costume as an "original naval uniform".
"Uniforms resembling those of the armed forces pose a potential threat to national security as the said uniform, insignia and badges could pass for genuine service clothing and can find their way to anti-national elements who can use it to foment trouble," NDTV quoted the notice.
The auction house Salt Scout and the office of the defence minister also got the copy of the notice. The officers also urged the ministry to take necessary actions against the Padman actor.
"...by putting in auction 'Akshay Kumar's Rustom Naval Officer Uniform' you have shown no respect for national interest but have also played with the sentiments of armed forces personnel and their widows including my clients, who are retired, as well as serving armed forces officials and their family members," the notice further read.
On April 26, Akshay announced the auction in support of an NGO working for the cause of animal rescue and welfare.
Hi all ????????♂️ I'm thrilled to announce that you can bid to win the actual naval officer uniform I wore in Rustom! Auction's proceeds will support the cause of animal rescue and welfare. Place your bid at https://t.co/6Qr0LRnTFm! pic.twitter.com/FF23tlogs1— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) April 26, 2018
Currently, the bid stands at Rs. 2,35,000 and will end on May 26.
The issue started when an officer slammed Twinkle on Facebook and threatened her.
"a feeble attempt to auction this piece of costume in the garb of UNIFORM". "...You touch our honour and we will give you a bloody nose," he wrote.
"I don't think we did anything bad. I can't help if someone feels bad about it," NDTV quoted Akshay.
"People of India who are ex-Army men and who are serving the country are enraged and in anger that these celebrities are not sensitive towards the emotions of the Armed Forces." Smita Dikshit, lawyer of the group told PTI.
Information Source: ndtv
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