In what could spell more trouble for actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel, a court in Mumbai has asked the city police to initiate an inquiry against both of them for allegedly posting ‘hateful’ and ‘derogatory’ statements against the Muslim community on social media. Earlier, courts in Bengaluru and Mumbai had ordered police to initiate similar investigations against them.
The local court in Mumbai passed its order after a Mumbai lawyer, Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh, accused Kangana and Rangoli of spreading communal hatred through their offensive statements and illicit videos using their social media accounts. According to the Bar and Bench website, Magistrate BT Zirape observed, “Allegations are based upon comments of accused on social media platform. The evidence against accused appears to be of electronic nature. Therefore inquiry at the hands of police is necessary for proceeding against accused and to know their roles.”
Deshmukh informed the court that Rangoli’s Twitter account was banned by the microblogging site after she was found to be posting tweets in violations of guidelines. He said that Kangana had come out in support of her sister, who had allegedly called Muslims belonging to Tablighi Jamaat terrorists.
— Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) April 18, 2020
In another case, the Mumbai Police had summoned pro-BJP actor Kangana Ranaut and her motormouth sister Rangoli Chandel to appear before them next week. Both sisters are facing allegations of promoting religious hatred. This was after a court in Bandra had ordered the police to file an FIR against both the sisters for promoting hatred and communal tension using their social media pages.
Not too long ago, a court in Karnataka too had directed the police to book Kangana for calling farmers terrorists. The FIR against Kangana was filed under the ‘Sections 44 (Injury), 108 (Abettor), 153 (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) under the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (IPC).’