Telugu actors Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam have been awarded Padma Shri in 2007 and 2009, respectively, for their wonderful contribution to the Telugu film industry, but they are facing threat of losing this title after they broke the rules of this award. On Monday, the Andhra Pradesh high court has issued orders to these Tollywood stars to return this award.
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According to the rules, the Padma Shri award does not amount to a title and it cannot be used as a suffix or prefix to the award winner's name on letterheads, invitation cards, posters and books among others. But actor-turned-producer Mohan Babu and comedian Brahmanandam had carried the title of Padma Shri as prefix in the credits of Manchu Vishnu's 2012 controversial film Denikaina Ready.
Following their misuse of the title, BJP leader N Indrasena Reddy had filed a petition against Mohan Babu and Brahmanandam at the Andhr Pradesh High Court. The HC bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothy Sengupta and Justice P Sanjay Kumar heard this case on Monday and took a serious note of the actors' misuse of the title. Finally, the Court observed that the actors should have surrendered the awards gracefully.