Vikkas Manaktala, who entered the Bigg Boss 16 house as a wild card contestant, landed in legal trouble. The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has sought action against the actor for his alleged casteist remark against Archana Gautam. The comment was passed in the episode aired on Wednesday.
Now, according to reports, the commission has sent a notice to the Maharashtra government, state police, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Endemol India Private Ltd, Viacom 18 Media Pvt Ltd and Colors TV. According to the notice, suo-motu cognizance has been taken on information received through social media regarding Vikkas calling Archana 'neech jati ke log during a major fight in the kitchen.
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In the notice, the NCSC stated that "this is clearly an offense punishable under SC/ST Act, and the Commission has decided to investigate into the matter in pursuance of the powers conferred upon it under Article 338 of the Constitution of India." It further read, "You are hereby requested to submit action taken report to the undersigned within seven days of receipt of this notice."
Vikkas and Archana had a major fight in the kitchen recently. The fight started when the former was making tea and was stopped by the latter. As the matter escalated, Archana flipped the pan containing hot water almost injuring Priyanka Chahar Choudhary and MC Stan, who were standing nearby. However, they took a step back to save themselves. The housemates had to intervene to calm them down and avoid injuries in the house.
The legal team of Colors and Bigg Boss 16 are yet to react.