The (*25*) excessive court docket on Monday prolonged the interim relief of no coercive motion in opposition to actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel until January 25 in reference to an FIR registered in opposition to them beneath sedition and different expenses. The HC additionally directed town police not to summon the duo for questioning until then.
Ranaut and her sister appeared earlier than Bandra police in Mumbai on January 8 for recording their assertion within the case, pursuant to an assurance given to HC in November final 12 months.
The FIR, beneath sedition expenses and for allegedly “making an attempt to create hatred and communal pressure” by their posts on social media, was registered pursuant to orders handed by the Bandra Justice of the Peace’s court docket, directing the police to perform an inquiry in opposition to Ranaut and her sister following a grievance lodged in opposition to them.
A division bench of Justices S.S. Shinde and Manish Pitale was listening to a petition filed by the sisters, in search of to quash the FIR and the order handed by the Justice of the Peace on October 17 final 12 months.
Public prosecutor Deepak Thakare knowledgeable the court docket on Monday that the petitioners appeared earlier than the police on January 8 from 1 pm to 3 pm.
“She (Ranaut) left even earlier than we might full the interrogation, claiming she has skilled commitments. We are going to name her once more for interrogation. What’s improper in cooperating,” Thakare mentioned.
To this, Justice Pitale mentioned, “She (Ranaut) was there for 2 hours. Is that this not sufficient? What number of extra hours do you (police) want for cooperation?”
Thakare then mentioned the police need to query her for 3 extra days.
Advocate Rizwan Service provider, showing for complainant Sahil Ashraf Ali Sayyed, sought time to file an affidavit in response to the petition.
The court docket then adjourned the matter until January 25.
“The interim relief by the use of no coercive motion in opposition to the petitioners shall proceed until then. The police shall not name the petitioners until that day,” the court docket mentioned.
Justice Shinde then mentioned this isn’t the one case the Bandra police have.
“The police can examine different instances until then,” he mentioned.
The court docket additionally reiterated its remarks made on the final listening to over the police’s motion of invoking Indian Penal Code Part 124(A) for sedition within the case.
“We anyhow have critical reservations about invoking part 124(A) on this case,” Justice Shinde mentioned.
Service provider and Thakare advised the court docket that regardless of an assurance given by the petitioner (Ranaut) that she wouldn’t put up something on her social media pertaining to this case, Ranaut posted a number of messages on Twitter, together with one on the day she went to the police station.
“She went to the extent of claiming that she is being tortured,” Service provider mentioned.
The court docket mentioned it could contemplate all these points on January 25.
The sisters of their plea have termed the Justice of the Peace’s order as “arbitrary and perverse”. Their petition mentioned the Justice of the Peace handed the order with out “correct utility of thoughts”.
The petition sought that the HC quash the Justice of the Peace’s order and the FIR lodged by the Bandra police.
The plea additionally sought interim orders to the police to not take any coercive steps in opposition to the sisters and keep the summons issued to them.