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Bombay High Court grants interim protection from arrest to Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai: Kangana Ranaut has been granted interim protection from arrest against the FIR registered against her for allegedly making communal tweets. The Bombay High Court in its judgment on Tuesday granted interim relief to Kangana and her sister Rangoli Chandel on the condition that the duo will have to appear before the Mumbai Police on January 8 between 12 PM to 2 PM to record their statements.

The Mumbai Police had filed an FIR against Kangana and her sister under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race), 295-A (deliberate acts hurting religious sentiments) and 124-A (sedition), 34 (common intention).

Reacting on the charges pressed against her, the bench comprising of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik expressed surprise on the charge of sedition under Section 124A of IPC.

The Bench asked senior Advocate Rizwan Merchant representing Mumbai Police whether the police treats the citizens of this country in this manner.

A Shiv Sena member had filed a complaint against Kangana and her sister Rangoli in September for allegedly promoting enmity between two communities and also for “maliciously insulting, defaming, and bringing disrespect to the Maharashtra Government, Mumbai Police as well as Film industry through her comments on social media”.

An FIR was registered under the charges of sedition by the orders of Bandra magistrates court directing the police to carry out an inquiry against Kangana and her sister following the complaint lodged against them.

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