The Bombay supreme court on Monday extended the interim relief of no coercive action against actor Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel till January 25 in reference to FIR registered against them under sedition and other charges.
The HC also directed the town police to not summon the duo for questioning till then.
Ranaut and her sister appeared before Bandra police in Mumbai on January 8 for recording their statement within the case, pursuant to an assurance given to HC in November last year.
The FIR, under sedition charges and for allegedly “trying to make hatred and communal tension” through their posts on social media, was registered pursuant to orders gone by the Bandra magistrate’s court, directing the police to hold out an inquiry against Ranaut and her sister following a complaint lodged against them.
A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and Manish Pitale was hearing a petition filed by the sisters, seeking to quash the FIR and therefore the order gone by the magistrate on October 17 last year.
Public prosecutor Deepak Thakare informed the court on Monday that the petitioners appeared before the police on January 8 from 1 pm to three pm.
“She (Ranaut) left even before we could complete the interrogation, claiming she has professional commitments. we’ll call her again for interrogation. what’s wrong in cooperating,” Thakare said.
To this, Justice Pitale said, “She (Ranaut) was there for 2 hours. is that this not enough? what percentage more hours does one (police) need for cooperation?”
Thakare then said the police want to question her for 3 more days.
Advocate Rizwan Merchant, appearing for complainant Sahil Ashraf Ali Sayyed, sought time to file an affidavit in response to the petition.
The court then adjourned the matter till January 25.
“The interim relief by way of no coercive action against the petitioners shall continue till then. The police shall not call the petitioners till that day,” the court said.
Justice Shinde then said this is often not the sole case the Bandra police have.