Mumbai Court Orders Probe Against Kangana, Her Sister Over 'Communal' Tweets

Casting director Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed had lodged a complaint in the court, seeking the registration of an FIR for promoting enmity and sedition among others, against the actor and her sister Rangoli Chandel.

New Delhi: A court in Mumbai has asked the police to investigate the complaint lodged against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create communal tension through their tweets.

Bandra metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Y. Ghule passed the order on Friday.

Casting director Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed had lodged the complaint in the court, seeking its direction for registration of an FIR under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity), 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings), 124A (sedition) against the actor and her sister, his lawyer Ravish Zamindar said.

The complainant has alleged that the actor has been defaming Bollywood since the last two months by calling it a “hub of nepotism” and “favouritism” through her tweets and television interviews.

In the complaint, Sayyed said that Ranaut has tweeted “very objectionable” comments, which has not only hurt his religious sentiments, but also the feelings of many artists.

Sayyed alleged that Ranaut has been trying to divide the artists along communal lines.

“Her sister, too, has made objectionable comments on social media to spread communal tension between two religious groups,” the complaint said.

Upon perusal of the documents on record and the lawyer’s submission, the court found that “cognisable offence” has been committed by the accused.

It then 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).

“Total 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.

Sayyed’s complaint said, “I further state that her [Ranaut’s] said tweet on Islam religion is a big insult and her tweets are communal, malicious, biased and deliberate attempt to create communal disturbance in the society at large by which the common man is getting a wrong impression that Muslim artists are persecuting the Hindu artists which will generate hate against Muslim Artists in the minds of common man.”

He said some tweets made by the actors are dangerous to communal harmony in the Hindi film industry in particular and the society at large.

(With PTI inputs)