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Bombay High Court’s Verdict Favours Kangana; Says “Has the right to have a Twitter account and express her thoughts”

Kangana Ranaut and most Twitterati have an old enmity but that isn’t going to get her off Twitter apparently.

Her explosive remarks over various topics on the app has lead to many people wanting her out of the platform but the Bombay High Court says Kangana has the right to express her views.

Earlier, advocate Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh filed a petition in the Bombay High Court to block Kangana’s Twitter account. According to Peeping Moon, the Bombay High Court, after hearing Deshmukh’s petition, said that Kangana has the right to have a Twitter account and express her thoughts. Deshmukh’s complaints against Kangana included, “I am a Maharashtrian, Mumbaikar and she calls the court Pappu Sena. This hurts me and that is a personal injury.” He further accused Kangana of spreading animosity between communities and hurting his religion through her tweets.

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A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik reportedly spoke to the Maharashtra government’s lawyer, Jayesh Yagnik on the matter. He shared, This petition needs to be converted into a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), otherwise many people will read newspapers and start coming to the court stating they are hurt. Constitutional right and constitutional remedy are different. This is a vague petition.”

Justice Shinde told Deshmukh, Any individual can have this account. She also has the fundamental right to have an account to express her thoughts. So, you have to show how your fundamental rights are breached. Unless the case comes under the reasonable restrictions, can we accede to your request? If you have to judge what will you do?”

The petitioner further claimed, Free speech and hate speech are different. In my petition, there are multiple examples of how she has hurt many feelings. There are many cases filed in various courts against her. There is a personal mental injury that I have suffered through her tweets.

Justice Shinde replied, “That is different. Word against word, how can we go into this issue? You think over that. We are not in a hurry to dismiss your petition. Take your time. We don’t want to discourage a young lawyer like you. Go through your points and make fresh arguments. On the next date, we will bring an end to this.

Reportedly, Deshmukh’s petition will be heard on January 7, 2021

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