FIR registered against Kangana Ranaut, her sister Rangoli for spreading communal hatred

Case filed against Kangana Ranaut for allegedly spreading communal disharmony, actress reacts

This probe has been ordered by the court hearing the plea by Munawwarali alias Sahil A Sayyed, a Bollywood casting director, said his lawyer Ravish F Zamindar.

Magistrate Jaydeo Ghule directed the police to book the Ranauts under sections 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) of the Indian Penal Code.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone IX) Abhishek Trimukhe said the investigating officer would begin gathering evidence and verify the allegations made in the complaint.

"Prima facie on perusal of the complaint and submissions, I found a cognisable offence has been committed by the accused", the magistrate said. "A thorough investigation is necessary by an expert". The sisters have been accused of spreading communal hatred, using offensive language and making derogatory comments against Bollywood and Maharashtra's Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in their tweets and interviews.

Sayyed has allegedly first tried filing a complaint against Kangana and Rangoli in Bandra police station but because they didn't pay cognizance, they couldn't file a complaint.

Sayyed alleged that for the last few months he has observed on social media that the actress "is continuously defaming Bollywood film industry and is portraying people working in Bollywood films as a hub of nepotism, favouritism, drug addicts, communally-biased people, murderers, etc through her tweets and TV interviews".

He also stated that a rift was being created between artistes of different religions. The complaint mentions her recent tweets where she compared the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) to Babur Sena, claiming that she is the first person to make movies on Jhansi Ki Rani (Manikarnika) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and comparing Mumbai to POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). "Right of speech and expression should not be construed as promoting communal disharmony".

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