The Bombay High Court on Tuesday (November 24) granted interim protection from arrest Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel in a sedition case registered against them at Bandra Police station. The court directed Kangana and Rangoli to appear before the Mumbai Police on January 8. It also asked the police to not take any action against them till then. The ‘Queen’ actress filed a petition before the Bombay HC on Monday (November 23) to squash the FIR registered against her and sister Rangoli.
The Mumbai Police officials have summoned Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel three times in connection with a sedition case registered against them. The Mumbai Police had summoned the ‘Fashion’ actress and her sister to appear before the authorities for questioning on November 23 and 24 respectively. However, Kangana failed to respond to the latest summon.
Earlier this month, the ‘Panga’ star, in her reply through advocate Rizwan Siddhiqui, sought time from the police till November 15 to appear before them for interrogation. She said that she won’t be able to reach Mumbai due to her brother’s wedding. Her brother Aksht Ranaut tied the knot with Ritu Sangwan in an intimate ceremony in Udaipur.
The Bandra Magistrate court had directed the Bandra Police to investigate the complaint filed by casting director and fitness trainer Munnawar Ali Sayyed against Kangana and her sister. In his complaint, Sayyed accused the sisters of disrupting communal harmony and creating hatred through their tweets. He alleged that the ‘Manikarnika’ actress and Chandel attempted to promote enmity between communities with their social media posts.
An FIR was registered against Kangana and Rangoli under various sections of the IPC including 153A (promoting enmity between different groups), 295A (deliberate and malicious act to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion) and 124A (sedition), according to a report in PTI.
(The story is being updated)