“… nowadays whatever is against the ruling government is considered sedition.“
Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik of the Bombay High Court granted interim protection to Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel in the case filed by the Mumbai Police over allegedly hateful tweets.
The bench observed that there has been a developing trend to register a complaint, under Section 124A Indian Penal Code, against those who speak ill against the Government. The Hon’ble court questioned the public prosecutor the reason for imposing Section 124A of IPC in these circumstances.
The court however instructed the sisters not to post anything related to the matter at hand (the FIR) and granted interim relief to the sisters.
The court has recorded the formal objections by the Public prosecutor on the grant of ad-interim relief and, the statement that was given by Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee (appearing for the sisters) that they will appear before the Mumbai Police on 8th January 2021 and not make any comments regarding the FIR. The next hearing was adjourned to 11th January 2021.
Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel filed the said plea on 23rd November 2020 for quashing the FIR accusing them of sedition.
On a complaint about allegedly hateful tweets by the sisters, The Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Bandra had directed the Bandra Police to file an FIR and initiate investigations over the matter.
~ Abhishek Roy