Updated: June 15, 2021 1:23:01 pm
Actor Kangana Ranaut, booked by the Bandra Police on sedition charges along with her sister Rangoli Chandel, has moved the Bombay High Court, seeking directions to authorities to renew her passport so she can go abroad for the shooting of a film.
A division bench led by Justice Prasanna B Varale will hear the plea on Tuesday.
The interim application filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee last week stated that Kangana Ranaut needs to fly to Hungary for the shooting of her movie ‘Dhaakad’, from June 15 to August 30.
The plea said that Ranaut’s passport is to expire on September 15, and therefore she had applied for its renewal to the Passport Authority of India. However, as per plea, the authority raised objections, stating that the Bandra FIR filed against her is an impediment to the renewal.
“There are huge monetary investments made by production houses in booking such shooting locations, wherein the applicant is required to participate as an actress,” the plea said.
In October last year, the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court at Bandra had ordered the police to investigate a complaint filed by Munawwar Ali Sayyed, a Bollywood casting director and fitness trainer, which referred to tweets and statements by Ranaut and Chandel allegedly defaming Bollywood and spreading ‘division and hatred between Hindu and Muslim communities’
On the direction of the court, the Bandra police registered an FIR against Kangana Ranaut and her sister under IPC sections 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, etc), 295A (deliberate acts hurting religious sentiments) and 124-A (sedition).
The plea filed by Kangana Ranaut has also sought from the court to confirm or declare that the magistrate order, which is challenged before another bench, would not compromise rights of petitioner to get her passport renewed.
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