Kangana Ranaut . Image Source: IANS

March 02 : Kangana Ranaut is in the soup. After a bailable warrant was issued against her by a Mumbai court on Monday, today, a Karnataka High Court refused to stay the proceedings set against her by a Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMF) in Tumkur. The bailable warrant was ordered in a defamation case filed by lyricist Javed Aktar in February.

In another legal battle, the Karnataka High Court today refused to stay the proceedings initiated against her for her alleged derogatory remarks about the farmers’ protests. The court had earlier ordered the jurisdictional Kyathasandra police station to register an FIR against the actress for her alleged remarks on October 9, 2020.

A complaint was filed against the actress by advocate Ramesh Naik L under Section 156(3) of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The complainant claimed that Kangana allegedly posted derogatory remarks against the farmers on her Twitter account on September 21, 2020. 

The petitioner alleged that the actress’ Twitter content has a clear intention to hurt the people who are opposing the Farmers Billspassed by the Central government. The petition further alleged that the tweet may lead to a collision between different groups. 

Ranaut had appealed to the Karnataka High Court to quash the FIR against her. Her advocate Rizwan Siddiquee had presented an application before the court for a stay on the proceedings. However, Justice HP Sandesh directed that first she should comply with the office objection and then only the court can consider her submissions. The court granted one week's time to Kangana to comply with office objection. The next hearing will take place on March 18, 2021.

Kangana had vocally opposed the farmers' protests and expressed her anger through her Twitter posts and personal videos. The actress had also urged that those who supported the farmers’ agitation should be jailed.

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