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Explained: A look at the Kangana Ranaut versus Hrithik Roshan legal battle

Hrithik Roshan-Kangana Ranaut court case: Ranaut’s latest salvo against Roshan follows the transfer of the latter’s 2016 complaint to Mumbai police’s Crime Intelligence Unit

Written by Ektaa Malik , Edited by Explained Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 21, 2020 2:56:15 pm
Actor Kangana Ranaut and Hrithik Roshan. (File photo)

On December 14, a complaint of impersonation, lodged by actor Hrithik Roshan in 2016 against “unidentified individuals”, was transferred from the Mumbai Police’s Cyber Cell to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU). The transfer follows a letter written by the actor’s lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani to the Mumbai Police commissioner regarding the lack of progress in the case.

What does Hrithik Roshan’s complaint have to do with Kangana Ranaut?

In 2016, Hrithik Roshan had filed the impersonation complaint after days of a heated exchange with colleague Kangana Ranaut. The altercation between the two actors, who had worked together in Krrish 3 (2013), had begun when Hrithik Roshan sent Kangana Ranaut a legal notice after she referred to him as her “silly ex” during an interview.

He first responded on Twitter, disputing the existence of any previous romantic relationship with Kangana Ranaut. He wrote that there were more chances of him having had “an affair with d (sic) Pope”.

Hrithik Roshan followed this with a legal notice, demanding a public apology from his former co-actor. Kangana Ranaut refused to apologise, claiming that the two had been romantically involved in 2014. She sent a counter-notice to Hrithik Roshan, asking him to take his notice back or face a criminal case.

Why did Hrithik Roshan file an impersonation complaint?

Hrithik Roshan’s legal notice alleged mental harassment by Kangana Ranaut. It claimed that she had sent him 1,439 emails, to which he never responded, besides telling people in the film industry that they had been in a relationship. It suggested that whoever Kangana Ranaut had been in touch with was an imposter, pretending to be Hrithik Roshan.

Kangana Ranaut denied the suggestion, saying that the particular email ID used for her correspondence with him had been given to her by Hrithik Roshan himself. She added that the email had been kept private so as to prevent it from having a negative impact on the divorce proceedings between Hrithik Roshan and his wife Sussanne Khan.

The altercation between the two actors, who had worked together in Krrish 3 (2013), had begun when Roshan sent Ranaut a legal notice after she referred to him as her “silly ex” during an interview. (File)

The war of words continued on Twitter in the meantime, with Hrithik Roshan alleging at one point that Kangana Ranaut was “imagining” things as she suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. His comment led to much criticism, especially parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.

Hrithik Roshan finally filed a case with the Mumbai police’s Cyber Cell under section 419 (impersonation) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66( c) — identity theft — and section 66 (d) — cheating by personation using computer resource — of the Information Technology Act. Investigation by the police, however, failed to unearth much as the email ID was found to be US-based and a NIL report was filed in 2017. 📣 Follow Express Explained on Telegram

How did Kangana Ranaut react to the latest development?

The news of the case’s transfer to the CIU created a furore on social media, after Kangana Ranaut posted a tweet accusing Hrithik Roshan of dredging up an old issue and asking, “kab tak royega ek chote se affair ke liye (how long will you cry over a minor affair)”. She wrote, “His sob story starts again, so many years since our break up and his divorce but he refuses to move on, refuses to date any woman, just when I gather courage to find some hope in my personal life he starts the same drama again.”

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