The Bombay High Court has refused to quash the FIR against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel registered by the Mumbai Police. The FIR was registered against the sister duo at the Bandra police station for allegedly trying to create hatred and communal tension through their social media posts.
The court, however, gave the sisters protection from arrest and directed them to appear before the police for questioning in January. The police had summoned the duo thrice, but they did not appear citing a marriage function at home.
The high court, however, rejected the actor’s excuse for not appearing before the cops. The court said, “Whatever, you have to honour the summons.” Meanwhile, the court questioned why the police have charged the duo for sedition.
The bench said: “What we propose to do is, we will grant you time. We will grant the petitioners (Kangana and her sister) protection from arrest and let them appear before police when they come in January.”
FIR registered against Kangana, Rangoli after court order
In October, a Mumbai court had asked the police to lodge an FIR against Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create communal tension with their provocative tweets.
The order was passed by the Bandra metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Y Ghule passed the order on October 16, based on a complaint filed by casting director Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed.
Both the sisters were booked for allegedly promoting enmity between communities through their remarks on social media.
Kangana Ranaut summoned the third time
Notably, Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel were recently summoned for the third time by Mumbai police to appear before the Bandra police in the matter. While Kangana Ranaut was asked to remain present before the Bandra police station on November 23, her sister Rangoli was asked to remain present on November 24.
Earlier, summons were issued to the sisters twice. The first time, they responded saying there is a wedding function at home.
Kangana Ranaut’s lawyer, Rizwan Siddiquee, had sent a reply to the police station stating that the sisters were in Himachal Pradesh where they were busy with wedding preparations and on-going functions in their hometown of their younger brother.
Later, Mumbai police had again issued the second notice to Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel on November 3 and ordered them to appear before it on November 10. However, no response was received over this summon.
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