Noted painter M F Husain has been booked for hurting sentiments of people through his paintings depicting nude gods, Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister, R R Patil said Monday.
A case was registered against Husain on Saturday and the state police is conducting a probe into the allegations made against the painter, Patil said.
Several right wing Hindu organisations have raised a cry against Husain's series of paintings depicting Hindu gods and goddesses in the nude.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has demanded that Husain be placed under arrest for hurting sentiments of the majority community.
Meanwhile, state Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari has also extended support to the demand for Husain's arrest, saying that the renowned painter has hurt religious sentiments.