Hyderabad court directs police to file FIR against Kangana Ranaut

The court asked the police to register an FIR under sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing public mischief) of the IPC.

By Sumit Jha  Published on  26 Nov 2021 2:34 PM GMT
Hyderabad court directs police to file FIR against Kangana Ranaut

Hyderabad: The first additional chief metropolitan magistrate court at Nampally, Hyderabad, has directed the Saifabad police to register an FIR against Kangana Ranaut for her controversial remarks on India's Independence.

The court asked the police to register an FIR under sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 505 (statements conducing public mischief) of the IPC.

On 10 November, Kangan Ranaut attended the Times Now Summit 2021 where she talked at length about her films, political views, and more. During the course of her interaction, she said that India achieved freedom in 2014 and the freedom of 1947 was "bheekh".

The complainant, Karam Komireddy, an advocate in Hyderabad, submitted in court that the offensive comment describing India's Independence as "bheekh" is an insult to the sacrifices made by freedom fighters.

On 12 November, Times Now issued a statement condemning Kangana's remarks. "Kangana Ranaut may think India got Independence in 2014. But this cannot be endorsed by any true Indian. This is an insult to millions of freedom fighters who gave up their lives so that present generations can live a life of self-respect and dignity as free citizens of a democracy," tweeted Times Now.

The advocate also submitted that on 16 November Kangana had made objectionable remarks against Mahatma Gandhi and the same was published in newspapers. The actress had said, "Those are the ones who taught us, "If someone slaps you offer another cheek for one more slap'" and that is how you will get Aazadi. That's not how one gets Aazadi, one can only get bheekh like that. Choose your heros wisely."

Mr. Karam further said that if an appropriate course of legal action is not initiated against the actress, she will continue to tarnish the freedom struggle and the freedom fighters by uttering such words which are defamatory and derogatory in nature and which hurt the sentiments of citizens of this country and cause mental agony to Indians.

"I lodged a complaint with the SHO Saifabad on 13 November though they acknowledged it but did not file a case. After waiting for a week for the police to take action, nothing came from them. So I approached the court seeking their order to ask SHO Saifabad to file a case against her (Kangana)," Mr. Karam told NewsMeter.

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