Tweets create a feeling of hatred amongst the community and against State: Complainant tells Bombay HC in Kangana Ranaut case2 min read

By Melissa Joseph 

The Bombay High Court has been told by a complainant who sought legal action against the Bollywood actress for her social media activity that tweets posted by Kangana Ranaut tend to arouse hatred towards the Maharashtra government. 

Sayyed opposed Ranaut’s plea on the basis that an investigation was inevitable to test the authenticity of the alleged offenses. His application stated that Investigation was at the nascent stage merely subjecting the applicants (Ranaut and her sister) to two hours of interrogation for one day was not sufficient to extract material or collect evidence. 

Sayyed pleaded that the investigating team is given the freedom to make attempts to collect evidence to prove the prosecution’s case. He also stated the importance of interrogation in a case as, without interrogation, the intention of the applicants cannot be ascertained.  

Sayyed contends that Ranaut and her sister’s refusal to oblige before the investigation team for interrogation was an attempt to dismantle the probe at the initial stage, which would cause harm to his case against them. He further added that if the High Court intervenes in the criminal investigation now, “it would only embolden the applicants (Ranaut and her sister) and allow them to continue with their process of spreading a feeling of hatred towards the government and disrupting the law and order of the society.” 

Sayyed also filed an application seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Ranaut after the actress allegedly breached an undertaking given to the Court by publishing a tweet and a video message from her Twitter handle. 

Ranaut and her sister were granted interim protection by the High Court on November 24 after they moved to appear before the Mumbai Police on January 8, 2021, in docility with the summons issued to them arising out of Sayyed’s complaint. They were also directed not to make any statements of the subject matter of the FIR under challenge. Subsequently, Ranaut had appeared before the Mumbai Police on January 8. The interim protection from arrest extended on January 11. 

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