Bengaluru : The Centre has revoked the Over seas Citizen of India ( OCI ) card given to Kenna dig – American actor and social activist Chetan Kumar on the grounds that his ” activities are inimical to the interest of general public ” .
A vocal critic of right – wing politics , Chetan was arrested three weeks ago for his tweet that said ” Hindutva is built on lies … ” . The Foreigners Regional Registration Office ( FRRO ) communicated the OCI cancellation and directed him to return the card . Known also as Chetan Ahimsa , he said Saturday the move was an attempt to silence activists and create fear among those who question the government . He said he will approach the Karnataka high court soon . ” It is unfortunate that I got the FRRO letter on April 14 , the day the nation celebrated Ambedkar Jayanti . My fight for equality and against superstition , religious disharmony and other disturbing issues have clearly sent some individuals and governments into panic mode .
After failing to down my voice and fight , they have taken this route to silence me . But I will not refrain from my path or fights ; I will approach the court , seeking a stay order , ” he said . Chetan said he was not convicted in any of the previous cases that saw him getting arrested on numerous occasions . The letter from FRRO , dated March 28 , stated that Chetan should return his OCI card within 15 days of receiving the letter .
” In June 2022 , FRRO had issued me a show – cause notice , seeking an explanation on my comments against judges and why my OCI should not be cancelled . I had replied saying I lived in India for many years and was married to an Indian . , ‘ Chetan quoted in his reply .