It has to be recalled that Naagarjuna - Ek Yoddha
actress Shruti Ulfat had posed with a Cobra and
had shared the video on her social networking site. This got her
into trouble as there were reports of complaints being lodged by
several animal activists after the video (which looked like a
promotion for the show) went viral.
It was even said that Shurti, Pearl V Puri and the two production
managers (for recording the video) were arrested. It has to be
recalled that cobra is protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife
Protection Act, 1972. Under this act, it is offensive to use a live
cobra for shooting or even sharing pictures with it!
Apparently, the accused had claimed that the cobra was
Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). But, the department arrested the
four accused, after the report of the Kalina forensic lab suggested
otherwise! Now, the actors rubbished the reports of being arrested
and say that they were going to the forest station to give their
Shruti was quoted by India-Forums as saying, "We are not
arrested; it so happened that we posted a picture with Cobra during
our Nagarjuna shoot.
She further added, "I was not aware that time that it's illegal
to post an image like that. Otherwise, why will I do such a thing
and get into a hassle unnecessarily! We are going to forest station
for our statements and it has been 4 months already."
Peal V Puri too, echoed the same, "Firstly, we were not
arrested, we just went to forest station. It so happened that when
Nagarjuna completed 100 episodes, a Cobra was brought on the set by
Cobra catcher and we posed with it for a picture. We went only for
giving the statements."