Talking about the controversy, Darshan said, “I don't know what to say. I always believed that the fans are good and how can a person slap anyone when you have such a feeling towards them. It is difficult to react for those media, which project me as if I have gotten into a brawl in public and claim that their reports are true."
People, who witnessed the incident, has denied that Darshan slapped his fan in public. An onlooker said, “After attending a success meet of Sarathi at Bannur theatre, Mysore, Darshan along with the film unit got into the unit bus. However, a cop was standing behind the bus and unfortunately it ran on his feet but the team did not take notice of the accident." Later, the police was rushed to a nearby hospital.