Bombay HC grants interim protection from arrest to Kangana, sister
In a relief to actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted them interim protection from any coercive action, including arrest, by the Mumbai Police in an FIR registered against them for alleged hate posts and statements on social and electronic media.
The HC also recorded and accepted a statement made by the sisters’ lawyer that they will respond to summons and appear before the investigating officer of Bandra police station on January 8 between 12 and 2 pm and record their statements. The HC also noted that investigation in the case will continue.
A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and M S Karnik was hearing a plea by Ranaut and her sister filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, challenging Bandra magistrate’s order to Mumbai Police to take cognizance of complaint against the sisters and summons issued to them to appear before the police. The plea also sought to quash ‘absolutely vague and baseless’ FIR filed against them.
Last month, the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court at Bandra had ordered the police to investigate a complaint filed by Munawwar Ali Sayyed, a Bollywood casting director and fitness trainer, which referred to Ranaut’s and Chandel’s tweets and other statements.