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Mumbai courts orders FIR against actor Kangana Ranaut


In what could add to the trouble of actor Kangana Ranaut who is fighting a bitter battle with the Maharashtra government, a Mumbai court has directed the city police to register an FIR against the actor and her sister Rangoli Chandel. The court directed the police to register the FIR against the sister duo for allegedly trying to create communal tension through provocative tweets.

Bandra metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Ghule issued the direction to Mumbai police in connection with a complaint filed by a casting director Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed. The complainant had sought the court’s direction for registration of FIR for promoting enmity, malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings and sedition.

“The allegations are based upon the comments made on electronic media – Twitter and interviews – and a thorough investigation by an expert is necessary,” the court said. Thereafter, it directed the police station concerned to “initiate necessary action and investigation against the actor and her sister under relevant provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The complainant has alleged that Kangana Ranaut and her sister are creating divisions between Hindu and Muslim artists. He has also alleged that the “Queen” actor brings religion into almost all her tweets.

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Sahil cited the lynching of Hindu saints at Maharashtra’s Palghar as an example and highlighted a tweet by Kangana calling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as “BABUR SENA” and another claiming that she was the first person to make a movie on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Rani Laxmi bai of Jhansi.

FIR against Kangana in Karnataka

Meanwhile, an FIR was registered against Kangana Ranaut in Karnataka on October 13 for her tweet allegedly attacking farmers protesting against the recently enacted farm laws. The FIR against the controversial actor was registered in Tumakuru district, the Karnataka police had said.

The Tumakuru Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court had on October 9 directed police to register an FIR on a complaint by lawyer L Ramesh Naik who contended that the September 21 tweet on the actor’s Twitter handle @KanganaTeam had hurt him.

Kangana Ranaut has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code in the FIR. She has been charged for under section 108 (abetment), wanton vilification upon a community (153A), and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace (504).


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