The Mumbai Police on Monday assured the Bombay High Court that they will not take coercive action against actress Kangana Ranaut, who is booked for allegedly hurting sentiments of the Sikh community, till January 25 even as the court asked Kangana to appear before the police on December 22.
A bench of headed by Nitin Jamdar said that arresting Kangana would have a “chilling effect” on the right to free speech. The bench has been petitioned by Kangana through her counsel Rizwan Siddiqui seeking to quash the FIR lodged against her on a complaint filed by advocate Amritpal Singh Khalsa and three others, who took exception to her November 21 social media post.
On Monday, Kangana's counsel told the bench that the Supreme Court has in numerous verdicts held that to make out an offence under section 295 (A) of the IPC, which penalises any attempt to create communal disharmony, certain minimum requirements are needed. “There has to be a deliberate attempt to outrage religious feelings. Her Instagram post doesn’t satisfy the criteria,” the counsel argued.
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