A petition was filed in the High Court on Wednesday, seeking a direction to the central government to recommend to the President annulment of the national award, Padma Shri, given to actor-producer M Mohan Babu and popular film comedian Brahmanandam in the year 2007 and 2009, respectively.
The petitioner, BJP senior leader N Indrasena Reddy, submitted that the Supreme Court had, while interpreting Article 18(1) of the Constitution, held that the national award did not amount to a “title” and should not be used as a suffix or prefix. In case of non-compliance, the defaulter should forfeit the award.
He said the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) should not have granted certificate to the controversial Telugu movie, “Denikaina Ready”, as the names of the two actors carried “Padma Shri” as a prefix in the film titles. Though the matter was brought to the notice of the Union ministry of home affairs, no action was taken against Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam for alleged misuse of the national award, the petitioner, a former MLA, contended.