On Monday, Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel moved the Bombay High Court challenging Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s order to Mumbai Police for cognisance of their ‘hate posts’.
Kangana and Rangoli have also sought quashing of the FIR against them.
In the FIR, it was alleged that the two sisters were ‘trying to create hatred and communal tension’ and ‘creating division between artists from Hindu and Muslim communities’ through their constant social media posts. As per an Indian Express report, the High Court is to hear the plea today, Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Magistrate’s court at Bandra had ordered the police to investigate a complaint lodged against the two sisters by a Bollywood casting director and fitness trainer, Munawwar Ali Sayyed.
On the direction of the court, the Bandra police station registered an FIR against Ranaut and her sister under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc), 295A (deliberate acts hurting religious sentiments) and 124-A (sedition).
After perusing the complaint and documents produced, Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Y Ghule, while directing registration of FIR had noted in the order, said, “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 social and electronic media, such as Twitter and interviews. The thorough investigation is necessary by experts. All allegations alleged and levelled against the accused are cognizable. Search and seizure are necessary in the case.”
Last week, the police had summoned Kangana and Rangoli for the third time to record their statements on November 23 and 24.