A Bandra metropolitan court on Friday (October 17) ordered an FIR (first information report) against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create religious disharmony through her tweets.
The order was passed by Bandra metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Y Ghule on Friday in response to a complaint filed by petitioner Sahil Ashrafali Sayyed, a casting director.
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 the industry a “hub of nepotism”, “favouritism”, etc, through her tweets and television interviews.
In the complaint, he said that Ranaut has tweeted “very objectionable” comments, which has not only hurt his religious sentiments, but also the feelings of many artistes. Sayyed alleged that Ranaut has been trying to divide the artistes on the 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.