Sunny Leone doesn't want to put herself or her audiences at risk Image: Fotocorp
Actor Sunny Leone said on Tuesday she will not attend her scheduled New Year Eve show in Bengaluru as the police would not be able to ensure her safety and of those who want to attend the event.
Her announcement came a day after the organisers moved the high court, seeking a direction to the authorities to allow the show. The Karnataka government had refused permission after protests by Kannada outfits.
"Since the police of Bangalore have publicly said that they will not be able to ensure mine & all who attend safety for my New Years event, my team & I feel safety of the people should always come first therefore I cannot attend. God bless & I wish everyone a safe & happy New Year!" she tweeted.
Since the police of Bangalore have publicly said that they will not be able to ensure mine & all who attend safety for my New Years event,my team & I feel,safety of the people should always come first therefore I cannot attend.God bless & I wish everyone a safe & happy New Year!— Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) December 19, 2017
In a petition filed in the high court yesterday, event management firm TimeCreations said as the police permission is pending, it cannot forward requests and submit necessary clearances to various authorities, including city civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike and the fire department.
The firm proprietor, H.S. Bhavya, said in her petition that she had submitted a letter to the police requesting permission for the show.
The government had on December 15 disallowed the show in Bengaluru and elsewhere in the state after protests by Kannada outfits,which said it would be an "assault" on Karnataka's culture. Members of Karnataka Rakshana Vedike and other outfits had held protests, taking out rallies and burning effigies of Sunny.
In her petition, Bhavya alleged that on December 16, police had verbally refused permission, but did not give it in writing. She added that because of this, all arrangements and sanctions had run into a roadblock, resulting in lenders panicking and asking the organisers to return their money.
"Their unfair threats and pressure should not be the driving force for the state police to take such unmindful decisions," she said.
Sunny was scheduled to perform at the Manyata Tech Park in the city suburbs.