Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna got a legal notice from eleven serving defence officers and eight others. The couple has been accused of “playing with the sentiments” of the armed forces. The notice is sent after the naval costume from the Hindi film “Rustom” put to auction. This has been shared on Akshay Kumar’s Twitter account. Know more.
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
What made these defence personnel to send a notice?
“by putting (it) in auction, you have shown no respect for national interest (and) have also played with the sentiments of armed forces personnel and their widows and their family members”.
“As a matter of fact, till date no uniform or medal has been put for auction. The reason for the same being that an officer’s uniform is bestowed as a singular honour on a commissioned officer by President of India for life. It is not a contract but entails a liability for the nation’s sake and thus the array of medals and ranks, insignia are for the discerning eye of the one who proudly wears it.”
What is written in notice?
Legal notice reads, “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.”
Who all get the notice?
Along with the celeb couple, a copy of the notice has been sent to auction house SaltScout and office of the defence minister. These officers urged ministry to take action against the actors and to stop the auctioning of the outfit Mr Kumar wore in the 2016 film ‘Rustom’.
Response of Twinkle and Akshay on legal notice
They said that they are doing it for a good cause. They can’t do anything if anyone feels bad about it. The auction money would be used for the Janice Smith trust for animal welfare.
Details about auction
The uniform has been put on auction by auction house SaltScout for online bidding. The auction will close on May 26 night. Till Wednesday afternoon, the highest bid offered for the uniform — which includes a shirt, pants and a hat — was Rs 235,000.