Actor Sushant Singh Rajput on Monday declined to comment on a death sentence awarded to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by the Pakistan government, saying that one needed to be "well informed" to comment on a "sensitive" issue such as this.
The team of Raabta, starring Rajput, earlier evaded a question on Jadhav at its trailer launch here, saying that it was not the right platform for a comment.
When a journalist insisted that they should answer the question, Rajput said, "I think somebody should not give his or her opinion if they are not well informed about the topic... Because it's a sensitive thing. You need to be very well (informed). Please allow me some time."
He added, "To say yes condemn or no condemn, you need to be responsible enough to know the facts related to it."
When the journalist probed further, saying that the actor should have an opinion since the issue was of national importance, Rajput replied testily, "Why is it so wrong? Should I ask you a few questions related to the national interest? Would you know all the answers?"
The actor's co-star from Raabta, Jim Sarbh, interjected, saying, "Maybe we have not read enough to give a proper answer."
The reporter told the team that she didn't have to respond to Rajput's question since she was not a public figure.
"It is nowhere written that a public figure should know everything," the actor retorted.
Jadhav, a former Indian naval officer, has been sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court. He is accused of "waging a war" against the state by Pakistan.
The Indian government has said that it will not spare any effort in securing justice for Jadhav as he is innocent.