Actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel have been summoned by Mumbai police next week in connection with an FIR registered against them at Bandra police station, news agency ANI reported on Wednesday. The charges against them include that of sedition (Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code). They two have been summoned on October 26 and 27, according to ANI. The FIR was registered on Friday on the orders of a local court in Mumbai for allegedly promoting enmity between different communities and other charges.
The Bandra Metropolitan Magistrate’s court had ordered the police to investigate a complaint filed by Munawwar Ali Sayyed, a Bollywood casting director and fitness trainer, which referred to Ranaut’s and her sister’s tweets and other statements. According to Sayyed’s lawyer, the complaint alleged that Ranaut has been defaming Bollywood for the last two months by calling it a “hub of nepotism”, “favouritism” etc through her tweets and television interviews. Kangana Ranaut, who made headlines with her row with Maharashtra's ruling Shiv Sena with her comments on the Sushant Rajput case and alleged lawlessness in Mumbai, had quit the city and gone back to her hometown Manali last month. The battle between the Sena and the Panga actress had escalated after her comparison of the country's financial capital with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and claims that she was "scared" to live there.