Police have seized actor Vinayakan’s phone for forensic examination as part of an investigation into his alleged social media insult directed at the late former Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy. The police discovered that Vinayakan used the phone for a Facebook live session during their visit to his flat in Kaloor.
Vinayakan explained that his remark was made in the heat of the moment, and the police will carefully analyze his statement to determine further actions. The charges against him include speaking provocatively and disrespecting a deceased person, which are bailable offences.
The controversial remarks made during Oommen Chandy’s funeral procession triggered multiple complaints and protests. While some demanded Vinayakan’s arrest, Oommen Chandy’s son expressed that legal action might not be necessary, as he did not personally hear the remark, and the public’s perception of his father remains unaffected.
In response to the incident, Youth Congress workers protested outside Vinayakan’s residence, leading to damage and an investigation by the police. Malayalam cinema organizations are also considering action against Vinayakan, even though he is not a member of AMMA.
The actor’s Facebook Live session, where he questioned the public holiday and mourning for Oommen Chandy, drew widespread criticism and controversy, leading to the removal of the post after it had already been widely shared on social media.