Police in Mumbai registered an FIR against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut today for allegedly using derogatory language against the Sikh community in a social media post. A day before the FIR lodged at the suburban Khar police station, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) had submitted a complaint against the actress.
Kangana Ranaut was booked under Section 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and further investigation is underway, a policeman said.
According to the official, the complainant in the case is Amarjeet Singh Sandhu, a Mumbai-based businessman who was part of a DSGMC delegation that submitted the complaint on 22 November. In a statement, Sandhu accused Kangana Ranaut of making derogatory remarks against his community in a post on Instagram.
Following the complaint, the DSGMC delegation, led by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) politician who is also president of the organisation, had met Maharashtra home minister Dilip Walse Patil and top officials of Mumbai Police and demanded action against Kangana.
In the complaint, the DSGMC mentioned that Kangana had intentionally and deliberately portrayed the farmers’ protest (Kisan Morcha) as a “Khalistani” movement and dubbed the Sikh community as “Khalistani terrorists”.
The DSGMC sought “strict legal action” against the actress from the authorities after the registration of an FIR against her. “It is submitted that the post is deliberately prepared and shared with criminal intention to hurt the feelings of the Sikh community,” it alleged.
The complaint read, “Kangana Ranaut is a renowned actress and has a huge fan following of more than 7.8 million (78 lakh) people on Instagram. Therefore, her intentional, irresponsible and seditious posts have the ability to excite hatred, contempt and disaffection towards the Republic of India.”