Permanently ban Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account: Petition in Bombay HC

An advocate in Mumbai has moved the Bombay High Court seeking the permanent suspension of actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account for “spreading continuous hatred and disharmony in the country”.

The petition has accused Kangana Ranaut of attempting to divide the country with her extremist derogatory tweets.

A petition has been filed in Bombay High Court for getting Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account permanently suspended or deactivated from the social media platform for “spreading continuous hatred, disharmony in the country and attempting to divide the country with her extremist tweets”.

The criminal writ petition has been filed against actor Kangana Ranaut by advocate Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh under Section 482 of the CRPC (Saving of inherent powers of High Court).

The applicant has pleaded to get Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter account @KanganaTeam suspended for “spreading continuous hatred, disharmony in the country” and “attempting to divide the country with her extremist derogatory tweets and promoting crime” in the country.

The petition also names Twitter as a respondent in the case.

Deshmukh told India Today TV “Twitter Inc has been added as a respondent in the case for not taking any action against her Twitter account and not following its own rules and community guidelines on suspending accounts which spread hatred, extremism, racism in the country despite having sent a complaint by me to their grievance officer on their email ID to do the same.”

The petition seeks that Twitter should be ordered to follow its own rules on hate speech.

Deshmukh, in his petition, has also pointed to various derogatory tweets by Kangana Ranaut against the judiciary as well. The lawyer had earlier filed a complaint at the Andheri magistrate court against Kangana Ranaut’s social media posts after Mumbai Police failed to act on his complaint.

During the hearing of the complaint in October end, the magistrate had directed Mumbai Police to file a report on the matter.

On Tuesday, an advocate in Punjab’s Zirakpur had sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut over her tweet falsely identifying an elderly woman at the farmers’ protest in Delhi as one of the dadis of the Shaheen Bagh protest. In the notice, the advocate has demanded an apology from Kangana Ranaut in seven days.

Apart from this, a court in Mumbai had on October 17 directed the police to file a first information report against Kangana Ranaut and sister Rangoli Chandel for allegedly trying to create communal tension through their tweets and interviews.

Earlier this year, the Twitter account of Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel was suspended by the platform for making incendiary and communal tweets.

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