A Mumbai court on Friday ordered an FIR (first information report) against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly creating religious disharmony. Ms Ranaut, 33, has been accused of “continuously defaming Bollywood film industry” by a casting director who petitioned the court, and said the ‘Queen’ actor has been “creating a communal divide between people of two communities and in the mind of common man” through her tweets.
The order was passed by Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Y Ghule as the court responded to a complaint by petitioner Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed against the 33-year-old actor, which also mentions Ms Ranaut’s sister – Rangoli Chandel. “She is well aware that she is a well known actress and has a big fan base so her tweets will be seen and will reach out to many people,” the petitioner underlined.
“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, directing the police station concern to “initiate necessary action and investigation against the actor and her sister under relevant provisions of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).”
Ms Ranaut is “creating divisions between Hindu artists and Muslim artists,” the petitioner has alleged, stressing that she “is maliciously bringing religion in almost all her tweets for example lynching of Hindu Sadhus at Palghar, calling the BMC as ‘BABUR SENA’ and claiming that she is the first person to make a movie on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Rani Laxmi bai of Jhansi.”
Mr Sayyed identifies himself as a casting director and fitness trainer, and mentions in his petition that he has worked with several prominent filmmakers – Ram Gopal Verma, Sanjay Gupta, Nagarjuna, and others. He has sought registration of the FIR under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity), 295A (malicious acts intended to outrage the religious feelings), 124A (sedition) against the actor and her sister,
The ‘Queen’ actor is “portraying people working in Bollywood films as a hub of nepotism, favouritism, drug addicts, communally biased people, murderers, (sic)” he has said in his complaint.
“Her sister, too, has made objectionable comments on social media to spread communal tension between two religious groups,” the complaint read. ( PTI )
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