Mumbai: Actor Kangana Ranaut on Monday advised the Bombay Excessive Courtroom, by her lawyer, that none of her tweets had ever incited violence or precipitated any legal acts, and sought quashing of the FIR registered towards her for sedition by Mumbai Police. The HC will proceed listening to the arguments on February 26 and the interim safety from arrest granted to Ranaut and her sister Rangoli will proceed until then.
Ranaut’s counsel Rizwan Siddique advised a bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale that the actor had not dedicated any flawed by her tweets. He mentioned the Justice of the Peace’s court docket in suburban Bandra had erred in permitting registration of a First Info Report (FIR) towards Ranaut on costs together with sedition.
Siddique urged the Excessive Courtroom to quash the decrease court docket’s order in addition to the FIR. “There’s absolute non-application of thoughts within the (Bandra) court docket’s order. Even the sections invoked towards me don’t represent any offence. None of my tweets have invoked any reactions from the general public. They won’t entice a punishment as they weren’t adopted by violence. What occurred after the tweet? Was there any legal act after my tweets?” Siddique advised the HC on the behalf of Ranaut.
The actor and her sister Rangoli had challenged the order of the Justice of the Peace’s court docket to provoke legal proceedings towards them and the following summons issued by the Mumbai Police. The FIR was registered towards Ranaut and Rangoli in October final 12 months on the instructions of the Justice of the Peace’s court docket after Munawwar Ali Sayyad, a casting director and health coach, filed a criticism citing some tweets and statements made allegedly by Ranaut and her sister.
In an affidavit filed within the HC earlier this month, Sayyad had mentioned that amongst different issues, Ranaut and Rangoli promoted “hatred and contempt, and incited disaffection in the direction of the Maharashtra authorities,” by their tweets. He mentioned within the affidavit that the Justice of the Peace’s court docket was subsequently, justified in directing the police to provoke proceedings and invoke the offence of sedition underneath Part 124A of the Indian Penal Code towards them.
In his criticism to the Justice of the Peace court docket, Sayyed had alleged that Ranaut, by her tweets and tv interviews, had constantly defamed Hindi movie trade by portraying Bollywood as a hub of nepotism, favouritism, drug addicts, communally-biased individuals and murderers, and many others. He mentioned Ranaut and Rangoli had additionally repeatedly promoted enmity between communities by their remarks.
Nevertheless, Ranaut’s counsel Siddique on Monday denied these allegations. He advised the HC that the Bandra court docket had didn’t observe due process and didn’t apply its thoughts in allowing the police to provoke motion towards Ranaut and her sister.
Earlier final month, Sayyad had additionally filed an software looking for initiation of contempt proceedings towards Ranaut for allegedly breaching a earlier enterprise she had given to the HC. He mentioned in his plea that on November 24, Ranaut had given an enterprise that she won’t make statements pertaining to the Mumbai Police’s investigation into the sedition case filed towards her.
Nevertheless, on January 8, simply earlier than she went to the police station, Ranaut tweeted a video during which she spoke to her followers concerning the investigation, Sayyad had mentioned. The HC is listening to Ranaut’s plea towards the Bandra court docket and Sayyad’s contempt software collectively.
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