- "My best wishes to Gurmeet Ram Rahim bhaaji," Mika had tweeted
- Mika has been roundly slammed online for his tweet
- "Aapke kitney achiever dost hain," Sona Mohapatra responded in a tweet
My best wishes to @Gurmeetramrahim bhaaji .. I hope the court will make the right decision. The greatest thing is he went on time..— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) August 25, 2017
Sona Mohapatra's sentiments were echoed through the comments thread on Mika Singh's tweet. "Very shameful ek rapist ko bachane ke lye pray kar rahe hain aap," read one response; "Please stop calling him a celebrity," said another; "Need to understand social responsibility," read a third. Other users said they had unfollowed the singer and that they would no longer listen to his music.
Mika Singh wasn't the only celebrity called out for a tweet on Ram Rahim. Actor Sidharth Malhotra was also accused of being 'shameless' and 'insensitive' to Friday's verdict and its bloody aftermath after plugging his new film A Gentleman in a post on the Ram Rahim case.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday of raping two female followers. After the verdict, violent clashes broke out in Panchkula, leaving 38 dead and 250 injured. Ram Rahim was handed a jail term of 20 years today. "Mujhe maaf kardo," he said after the sentencing, breaking down in tears.