Film actors Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam have been directed by the Andhra Pradesh High Court to return their Padma Shri Awards, after it came to light that the duo were misusing the titles.
AP HC asked the actors to give up their 'Padma Shri' awards to the Union Government for violating the rules that accompany the honour.
Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam were awarded the title in 2007 and 2009, respectively. The controversy erupted when the recipients carried the title of 'Padma Shri' as prefix in the credits of the controversial film 'Denikina Ready'. (Also Read)
Sometime back, BJP senior leader N Indraseena Reddy filed a writ petition against actor-producer Mohan Babu and Comedian Brahmanandam for misuse of the national award.
Alleging that the both the senior actor and comedian used 'Padma Shri' in the titles of the film, the BJP leader urged the court to take back their awards for violating the Supreme Court judgement.
He also mentioned that the national award should not be used as a sufix or prefix.
The court directed the actors to return their awards within a week and adjourned the matter for a week after ordering the notices.