A Sikh Organisation had lodged a complaint with the Mumbai Police Department against Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut for linking the protesting farmers’ agitation with a separatist group movement, namely the Khalistan Movement.
Following the complaint, an FIR was lodged against the Bollywood actor by the Khar Police, and she had been called for police questioning on the matter.
Counsel of Kangana Ranaut had promised the Mumbai High Court that the actor would definitely be present before the Khar police for her questioning on Wednesday, the 22nd of December 2021.
The counsel of Kangana, however, on Wednesday has requested for further date extension for her questioning at the Khar Police Station.
Rizwan Sidiquee, the counsel of Kangana, also added that following orders of the honourable High Court, he had spoken to the lead police investigator to give a closing date so as to end the matter quickly before the new hearing by the court.
But the investigating officer had not reciprocated his calls or the letter sent to him right after the court order.
The counsel further added that Kangana would appear before the police investigating team of the Khar Police station at the next earlier date, but if the officer in charge does not accommodate them, then he will let the court decide on the issue.
The city police of Mumbai has given a categorical statement to the Mumbai high court that they would avoid arresting the Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut till the 25th of January 2022 for her Instagram post linking the farmers to the Khalistani movement.
The police have also stated to the court that the matter involved a larger picture of the actors fundamental right as a citizen for her Freedom of Speech. Hence the court can grant her the grace period.
Kangana Ranaut, on the other hand, had requested the Mumbai High Court when she approached the bench earlier that the case registered against her at the Khar Police Station be closed.
The Sikh body had lodged the complaint against the Bollywood actor for spreading rumours which have hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikhs as a whole; hence the police had registered the charges of deliberate hurting a community’s religious sentiments vide the section 295-A of the IPC.