Kangana Ranaut demands abolition of FIR due to rebellion, tells court that her tweets did not incite violence

In October last year, Kangana Ranaut and her sister were booked for allegedly promoting hostility between communities through their posts on social media and other remarks.

Actress Kangana Ranaut said Monday in a higher court in Bombay that her tweets never provoked any violent reaction, and therefore the FIR against her should be lifted due to a Mumbai police riot.

The court conducted proceedings against Ranaut and her sister Rangoli, who are accused of promoting communal hostility through their functions.

Ranaut adviser Rizwan Siddique told the bench of SS judges Shinde and Manish Pitale that the actor had not done anything wrong via her tweets.

“None of my tweets provoked public reactions. They will not attract punishment because they were not accompanied by violence. What happened after the tweet? Were there any crimes after my tweets?” Siddique said on behalf of Ranaut.

He said a misdemeanor court in the suburbs of Bandra erred in allowing FIR registration against Ranaut on charges including rebellion.

In October last year, Ranaut and her sister allegedly promoted hostility between communities because of their remarks. Bandra Police reserved them under sections 153-A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) (promoting hostility between different groups based on religion, race), 295-A (intentional acts that offend religious feelings) and 124-A (rebellion) and 34 common intention).

The first information report (FIR) was recorded under orders from the Bandra Misdemeanor Court after Munawwar Ali Sayyad, casting director and fitness trainer, filed a complaint regarding tweets and other statements by Ranaut and her sister.

In a statement filed with the high court earlier this month, Sayyad said, among other things, Ranaut and Rangoli tweeted promoting “hatred and contempt and inciting discontent towards the Maharashtra government.”

The High Court will continue hearing the arguments on February 26.