A Mumbai based lawyer has written to the Advocate General of Maharashtra AA Kumbhakoni seeking his consent to initiate contempt proceedings against actor Kangana Ranaut in Bombay High Court for her tweet allegedly undermining the judiciary (Magistrate Court).
According to Advocate Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh, the following tweet by the actor referring to a Bandra court ordering registration of FIR against her for offences punishable under Sections 153 A, 295 A, 124 A r/w 34 of IPC, qualifies for contempt under the said act-
"Who all are fasting on Navratris? Picture clicked from today's celebrations as I am also fasting, meanwhile another FIR filed against me, Pappu Sena in Maharashtra seems to be obsessing over me…."
Advocate Ali seeks consent to initiate contempt under Section 15 of the Contempt of Courts Act, 1971 and Section 5C of the Bombay High Court Rules, 1960. He has already filed a criminal complaint against the 33-year-old actor before the Andheri Magistrate Court for allegedly causing disharmony between Hindus and Muslims and for allegedly mocking the judiciary. The lawyer has sought FIR to be registered against the actor under Sections 121, 124A, 153A, 153B, 295A, 298, and 505 of the Indian Penal Code.
The lawyer has alleged that both Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have been "maliciously spreading/promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony in the country by way of mischievously and spitefuly posting frivolous, derogatory and defamatory posts with the intent to outrage religious feelings of a class by insulting its religion or religious feelings/sentiments more specifically against Islam, Muslims."
Tweets by Kangana on "Mumbai turning into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir" and by Rangoli about "shooting mullas and secular media" have been referred to by the advocate who has also attached all the tweets as exhibits in the letter sent to the Advocate General.
"It is pertinent to note that the said malicious tweets have defamed our country, its police, authorized government bodies, executive machineries all being established by the laws in India and have created serious ruckus in the country which has not just hurt my feelings but have also hurt the emotions, and feelings of Mumbai police, its retired officers, Mumbaikars, Maharashtrians and all the fellow countrymen. Kanagana Ranaut has been continuously creating fear and panic in the minds of the people of the country, more specifically, Mumbaikars by indirectly or directly terming it as terrorist spot/hub.
It is imperative to also note that Kanagana Ranaut has no respect for law of the land, she has been time and again vehemently with malafide intentions and ulterior motives creating the hatred atmosphere in the country amongst Hindus and Muslims, thereby causing serious threat to the integrity of the country."