The Bombay excessive court docket on Monday prolonged the interim relief of no coercive motion in opposition to actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel until January 25 in reference to an FIR registered in opposition to them below sedition and different costs. The HC additionally directed the town police not to summon the duo for questioning until then.
Ranaut and her sister appeared earlier than Bandra police in Mumbai on January 8 for recording their assertion within the case, pursuant to an assurance given to HC in November final yr.
The FIR, below sedition costs and for allegedly “trying to create hatred and communal tension” via their posts on social media, was registered pursuant to orders handed by the Bandra Justice of the Peace’s court docket, directing the police to perform an inquiry in opposition to Ranaut and her sister following a criticism lodged in opposition to them.
A division bench of Justices S.S. Shinde and Manish Pitale was listening to a petition filed by the sisters, looking for to quash the FIR and the order handed by the Justice of the Peace on October 17 final yr.
Public prosecutor Deepak Thakare knowledgeable the court docket on Monday that the petitioners appeared earlier than the police on January 8 from 1 pm to 3 pm.
“She (Ranaut) left even before we could complete the interrogation, claiming she has professional commitments. We will call her again for interrogation. What is wrong in cooperating,” Thakare stated.
To this, Justice Pitale stated, “She (Ranaut) was there for two hours. Is this not enough? How many more hours do you (police) need for cooperation?”
Thakare then stated the police need to query her for 3 extra days.
Advocate Rizwan Merchant, showing for complainant Sahil Ashraf Ali Sayyed, sought time to file an affidavit in response to the petition.
The court docket then adjourned the matter until January 25.
“The interim relief by way of no coercive action against the petitioners shall continue till then. The police shall not call the petitioners till that day,” the court docket stated.
Justice Shinde then stated this isn’t the one case the Bandra police have.
“The police can investigate other cases until then,” he stated.
The court docket additionally reiterated its remarks made on the final listening to over the police’s motion of invoking Indian Penal Code Section 124(A) for sedition within the case.
“We anyways have serious reservations about invoking section 124(A) in this case,” Justice Shinde stated.
Merchant and Thakare advised the court docket that regardless of an assurance given by the petitioner (Ranaut) that she wouldn’t publish something on her social media pertaining to this case, Ranaut posted a number of messages on Twitter, together with one on the day she went to the police station.
“She went to the extent of saying that she is being tortured,” Merchant stated.
The court docket stated it will contemplate all these points on January 25.
The sisters of their plea have termed the Justice of the Peace’s order as “arbitrary and perverse”. Their petition stated the Justice of the Peace handed the order with out “proper application of mind”.
The petition sought that the HC quash the Justice of the Peace’s order and the FIR lodged by the Bandra police.
The plea additionally sought interim orders to the police to not take any coercive steps in opposition to the sisters and keep the summons issued to them.