File photo: Actor, politician Kamal Haasan. Photograph:( PTI )
Haasan, the president of the Makkal Needhi Maiam, in an election campaign in Tamil Nadu on Monday had said independent India's first 'extremist was a Hindu'-- Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi.
An FIR has been registered against Kamal Hassan for allegedly hurting religious sentiments for his controversial statement on Nathuram Godse, police said on Tuesday.
Earlier a complaint was also filed against actor-politician before a court.
The complaint was filed by Vishnu Gupta who claimed to be the president of an organisation Hindu Sena.
The offences are punishable with imprisonment of three-year jail term or fine, or both.
Haasan "deliberately and maliciously" made "absolutely derogatory comments to outrage religious feelings of Hindus by associating terrorism with the Hindu religion", Vishnu Gupta alleged.
The petition said he had made the comment while speaking at an election rally for his party candidate in the Aravakurichi assembly constituency, where bypolls will be held on May 19.
(With inputs from PTI)