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Plea in Bombay High Court seeks initiating contempt proceedings against Kangana Ranaut for breaching court statement

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A plea has been filed in Bombay High Court seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for allegedly breaching a statement recorded in court.

The petition has been filed by Munnawarali Sayyed, a resident of Bandra, who claimed the actor violated the undertaking given by her on November 24, during the hearing of a petition filed by her seeking the quashing of a first information report (FIR). The FIR was filed against Ranaut and her sister, Rangoli Chandel.

Ranaut had filed the plea before High Court after the police registered an FIR against the sisters alleging offences punishable under Sections 153A (promoting enmity between different religious groups), 295A (maliciously outraging religious feelings), 124A (sedition) read with 34 (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and issued summons.

Sayyed claims that during the last hearing, on November 24, when Kangana was granted interim relief by the High Court, through her advocate, Rizwan Siddiquee, had undertaken to appear before the Bandra police for investigation on, January 8, 2021, and further that she would not make any comment on social media/electronic media so far as the subject FIR is concerned.

On January 8, before she visited the Mumbai Police in connection with the case, she posted a video in which she claimed that she was being tortured. Sayyed’s lawyer Rizwan Merchant wondered how can Kangana Ranaut equate going to police station as torture.

The application alleged, “Respondent in blatant disregard to the statement made before this honourable court, and without having any respect to the authority and majesty of law, committed a wilful breach of the order of this honourable court and interfered with the administration of justice and the judicial process by publishing a contemptuous tweet cum video on her Twitter account.”

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“The timing of the said tweet further reflects the defiance of the statement/ undertaking given to this Hon’ble Court. The contemptuous intent and motive of tweeting the said police station visit is with sole and ulterior motive to gather support during her visit to the Police Station,”

-the application reads.

The case is to be heard on January 25 for further hearing.

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