Actor warns legal action against Karnataka Congress for using his photos in ‘PayCM’ campaign

Akhil Iyer says he was appalled to see his faced being used 'illegally'


A Bengaluru-based actor accused Karnataka Congress of using his photos without permission for the party's campaign against Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

In a tweet, actor Akhil Iyer said he was "appalled to see that my face is being used illegally" and without his consent for "40% Sarkara" campaign of the Congress.

He said he has nothing to do with the campaign and asked Rahul Gandhi, former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah and the state unit of the Congress to look into the issue.

I will be taking legal action against this, he further said.

The Congress had been targetting the BJP-led state government using posters with CM Bommai's face on a QR code titled 'PayCM'.

One such poster had the image of Iyer with the words, "Are you still numb," "show your emotion, sign up and express corruption," and "Raise your voice against the BJP's corruption in Karnataka."

The posters were aimed at highlighting allegations of corruption against the government in awarding public contracts and government recruitment.

A contractors' body in the state had recently alleged that contractors had to pay 40 per cent commission to get public work contracts, an allegation strongly denied by the government.