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Kangana Ranaut and Rangoli Chandel move Supreme Court seeking transfer of FIRs

The sisters have accused the Shiv Sena government of witch hunting and acting with malafide against them
Actress Kangana Ranaut.
Actress Kangana Ranaut.
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Our Legal Correspondent   |   New Delhi   |   Published 03.03.21, 01:42 AM

Actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have moved the Supreme Court seeking transfer of multiple FIRs registered against them  in Maharashtra to Himachal Pradesh over their tweets.

The sisters  have accused the Shiv Sena government of witch hunting and acting with malafide against them.

They are facing multiple FIRs in Maharashtra, which included a defamation suit filed by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar.

“It is pertinent to mention that all the FIRs and complaints in question are frivolous and have been filed with a malicious intent to harass the Petitioners herein and malign their public image. While, the petitioners have utmost respect for the courts of the country and are ready to face the trial as per law, but they apprehend that if the trials are conducted in Mumbai, there will be a material threat to life and property of the Petitioners herein.

“It is pertinent to mention that the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena has been harassing the petitioners herein. It would not be out of context to mention that the Petitioner herein was called ‘Haramkhor Ladki’ by Sanjay Raut, who is a senior Shiv Sena leader and a Member of Parliament.

“Further, on 09.09.2020, the Shiv Sena led Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) illegally demolished the Pali Hill Bungalow of the Petitioner No. 1(Kangana) herein. It is pertinent to mention that the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay declared the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) act of demolishing a part of petitioner No. 1’s bungalow illegal, and added that it smacked of malafide intentions,” the petition filed through advocate Neeraj Shehkar stated.

The joint petition has challenged the FIR No. 8575/2020, lodged at Amboli Police Station, Mumbai filed by one Ali Kashif Khan Deshmukh, a lawyer, in which Rangoli through a tweet had adversely commented upon the alleged state of affairs in Mumbai following the attack on doctors who went for Corona check-up of the family of a man who died due to Corona. A team of doctors and medical staff was assaulted by a mob in Moradabad's Nawabganj area when they went to take away two suspected cases of the novel Coronavirus in the area on April 15, 2020 during the lockdown period.

Various IPC sections were registered against Rangoli on the lawyer’s complaint for allegedly causing disaffection among the people etc.

The second case related to a defamation complaint filed by  Javed Akhtar, against Kangana following her interview to Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami on July 20, 2020, in which she had allegedly questioned the integrity of the  renowned poet, lyricist and author of several screen plays.

The third FIR for sedition related charges and causing disaffection among people was filed by one  Munawar Ali alias  Ashraf Ali,  for some of her tweets critical of the Maharashtra government.

“These acts of the Maharashtra government, clearly shows that the Maharashtra government has malafide intentions against the Petitioners herein and that if the Petitioners visit Maharashtra to attend the said trials, there will be a constant threat to them from the Shiv Sena and Maharashtra government.

“It is further pertinent to mention that looking at the threat perception of the Petitioner No. 1 herein, the Petitioner No. 1 was granted Y-plus category of CRPF security by the Home Ministry. Therefore, it becomes quite evident that the Petitioners face serious threat to life and property and if the trial of the cases are not transferred out of Mumbai, the Petitioners life will be at risk,” the petition said ,while seeking transfer of the cases to Himachal Pradesh.

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