A practising advocate K Karunasagar filed a complaint with Saroornagar Police seeking registration of a case against Varma over his series of controversial tweets, police said.
After taking legal opinion in this regard, police proceeded and booked Varma under Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 298 (uttering words with deliberate intention to wound the religious feelings of any person), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of IPC, Saroornagar Police Inspector B Naveen Reddy said.
"The matter is under further investigation," the police officer told PTI.
Varma triggered a controversy on August 29 with a string of tweets about the elephant god.
The 52-year-old producer-director, apart from questioning the ability of Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles from the path of his devotees, made fun of his physical attributes.
As his twitter posts triggered an outrage, Varma took to the micro-blogging website to tender an apology.