A Mumbai court has ordered an FIR against actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly creating religious disharmony. The court was responding to a private complaint that stated that Kangana was “creating divisions between communities and spreading communal hatred”.
“On prima facie perusal of complaint and submissions… I found the cognizable offence has been committed by the accused. Total allegations are based upon comment on electronic media — Twitter and interviews. The accused used social media like Twitter. The thorough investigation is necessary by the expert… search and seizure is necessary in this case,” metropolitan magistrate Jaydeo Khule said in his order, the Indian Express reported.
The court has directed the concerned police station to look into the complaint.
The complaint was filed by Munawwar Ali Sayyed, a casting director and fitness trainer, who submitted to the court that offences under sections 153A, 295A, 124 read with 34 of the Indian Penal Code have been committed by Kangana and Rangoli through their interviews and social media accounts.
Kangana has been active on Twitter and locked horns with Bollywood celebrities for her comments on nepotism and drug use in the industry.
The complainant said that Kangana “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”.
The complaint referred to various tweets by Kangana over the past few months including a tweet where she referred to Mumbai as POK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir).
More details awaited