A criminal defamation case has been filed against actor Kangana Ranaut, who had recently tweeted the picture of Bilkis Bano, popularly known as Shaheen Bagh Dadi, claiming that she was the same Dadi, who was part of Shaheen Bagh protest and has now joined the farmers. The tweet alleged that she was available for protests for Rs 100.
The complainant has urged the Magistrate Court to prosecute Ranaut under Sections 499/500 of IPC and direct Ranaut to pay a suitable compensation under Sections 357/357A CrPC.
Mahinder Kaur, a 73-year-old woman, a resident of village Bahadurgarh Jandian of Bathinda, has approached the Magistrate Court, Bathinda, seeking initiation of criminal proceedings against Ranaut for making false imputations that she is available for hire at protesting sites for Rs 100.
It is claimed that the complainant belongs to a farmers’ family and has been sitting on the demonstration against the Farmers Acts from the very first day despite the fact that she has been facing a lot of inconvenience being an old aged lady.
“The complainant is even unable to walk properly without the help of the stick but still she is fully supporting the farmers in the agitation and peaceful demonstration Complainant also went to Delhi to participate in the agitation During these days of severe cold/ winter season, the complainant was sitting on the roads day and night since 25/26.11.2020 and also faced the hurdles in the way while passing the borders of State of Haryana despite huge barricading by the Police,”
the complaint states.
It is alleged that false imputations were made by Ranaut that the complainant is not a genuine protester and has been paid to gain sympathy during the protests have lowered her reputation and prestige.
The Plea states,
“The Complainant was earlier kept in high estimation by her villages and acquaintances but due the levelling of false, defamatory allegations and scandalous remarks against and the complainant by the accused on the social media, the complainant has fallen in her own estimation also in the eyes of the other farmers sitting in the agitation who started enquiring from the complainant about the matter President of Kisan Union at Village Bahadurgarh Jandian and they also started forcing the complainant to go back apprehending that their agitation may fail due to the aforesaid false tweet by the accused wherein the complainant has been addressed to be a fake lady and having been brought on hire basis which is in fact totally false allegation.”
-India Legal Bureau