Actor Kangana Ranaut on Monday informed the Bombay High Court, by way of her lawyer, that none of her tweets had ever incited violence or brought on any legal acts, and sought quashing of the FIR registered in opposition to 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 informed a bench of Justices SS Shinde and Manish Pitale that the actor had not dedicated any fallacious by way of her tweets. He stated the Justice of the Peace”s courtroom in suburban Bandra had erred in permitting registration of a First Information Report (FIR) in opposition to Ranaut on costs together with sedition.
Siddique urged the High Court to quash the decrease courtroom”s order in addition to the FIR.
“There is absolute non-application of mind in the (Bandra) court”s order. Even the sections invoked against me do not constitute any offence. None of my tweets have invoked any reactions from the public. They will not attract a punishment as they were not followed by violence. What happened after the tweet? Was there any criminal act after my tweets?” Siddique informed the HC on the behalf of Ranaut.
The actor and her sister Rangoli had challenged the order of the Justice of the Peace”s courtroom to provoke legal proceedings in opposition to them and the following summons issued by the Mumbai Police.
The FIR was registered in opposition to Ranaut and Rangoli in October final 12 months on the instructions of the Justice of the Peace”s courtroom after Munawwar Ali Sayyad, a casting director and health coach, filed a grievance citing some tweets and statements made allegedly by Ranaut and her sister.
In an affidavit filed within the HC earlier this month, Sayyad had stated that amongst different issues, Ranaut and Rangoli promoted “hatred and contempt, and incited disaffection towards the Maharashtra government,” by way of their tweets.
He stated within the affidavit that the Justice of the Peace”s courtroom was due to this fact, justified in directing the police to provoke proceedings and invoke the offence of sedition beneath Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code in opposition to them.
In his grievance to the Justice of the Peace courtroom, Sayyed had alleged that Ranaut, by way of her tweets and tv interviews, had constantly defamed Hindi movie trade by portraying Bollywood as a hub of nepotism, favouritism, drug addicts, communally-biased folks and murderers, and many others.
He stated Ranaut and Rangoli had additionally repeatedly promoted enmity between communities by way of their remarks.
However, Ranaut”s counsel Siddique on Monday denied these allegations.
He informed the HC that the Bandra courtroom had failed to comply with due process and didn”t apply its thoughts in allowing the police to provoke motion in opposition to Ranaut and her sister.
Earlier final month, Sayyad had additionally filed an software searching for initiation of contempt proceedings in opposition to Ranaut for allegedly breaching a earlier endeavor she had given to the HC.
He stated in his plea that on November 24, Ranaut had given an endeavor that she won’t make statements pertaining to the Mumbai Police”s investigation into the sedition case filed in opposition to her.
However, on January 8, simply earlier than she went to the police station, Ranaut tweeted a video wherein she spoke to her followers in regards to the investigation, Sayyad had stated.
The HC is listening to Ranaut”s plea in opposition to the Bandra courtroom and Sayyad”s contempt software collectively