Mumbai- Actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister today appeared at the Bandra police station in Mumbai to record their statements in a sedition case that has been filed against them. The Bombay High Court, which has granted them interim protection from arrest, had asked Ms Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel to appear before the Mumbai Police today.
Ms Ranaut, who has been provided Y-plus category security of CRPF personnel, arrived at the police station in Bandra around 1 pm along with her advocate amid heavy media presence. Ms Ranaut left the police station after two hours of questioning, officials said. The Mumbai police had earlier sent notices to Ms Ranaut and her sister asking them to appear for recording their statements in the case.
The Bandra police had registered the case against Ms Ranaut and her sister in October following a complaint lodged against them for allegedly “trying to create hatred and communal tension” through their posts on social media. The First Information Report against them following orders from a magistrates court in Bandra.
Ms Ranaut and her sister had then approached the Bombay high court seeking to cancel the FIR and the October 17 order passed by the magistrate following which the case was filed against them.
During the hearing, the division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik had questioned the police for invoking the sedition charge in the case, and observed it was of the prima facie opinion that the charges of sedition was wrongly invoked.
“If someone does not fall in line with the government, then can sedition charges be invoked?” the court had asked.