Kiku Sharda of ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ arrested

The popular comedian Kiku Sharda, best known for his character Palak on TV show ‘Comedy Nights With Kapil’ was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly hurting the sentiments of the followers of Dera Sacha Sauda. He has been booked for allegedly mimicking Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and hurting the religious sentiments of his followers.

Kiku hurt the sentiments of the Singh’s followers by posing the self-claimed godman in an episode of ‘Comedy Night With Kapil’, which was aired on December 27, 2015. Miffed with the episode, the followers filed case against Kiku.

Kiku has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. The actor also apologised after the arrest.

Apologizing for his act, Kiku called himself a ‘god fearing man’ and clarified his act wasn’t meant to hurt anybody’s sentiment. “I apologise if my act has hurt anybody's sentiment. I never want people to get hurt because of my work,” he said.

Kiku Sarda also took to social media and with joining hands he apologized for his wrong#Doston the act on TV was not to hurt anyone's feelings. My apologies to @Gurmeetramrahim ji and his followers. Let's spread happiness

Kiku further added, "I respect religion and rituals. I respect all Gurus. I'm a god fearing man. It was just an act which was done with the intention to make people laugh. Channel also edits what they consider cannot be aired."

Haryana Police arrested him from Mumbai. On December 31st, Kiku was booked under Section 295 A of the Indian Penal Code (outraging religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious belief).