Advocate Ali Kaashif Khan has moved the sessions court in Bombay after a magistrate court dismissed his complaint against Kangana Ranaut and her sister, Rangoli Chandel, for posting allegedly defamatory and hateful statements against the Muslim community. The plea will be heard next week.

In July this year, the magistrate court dismissed the case against the sisters on the ground that without the sanction of the central government, state government or district magistrate, order of issue process could not be passed against the accused.

Among the offences alleged were promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration and deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings. Khan had submitted in his complaint that on April 15, 2020, Rangoli had posted on Twitter an allegedly defamatory statement against a community. The plea added that her account was subsequently suspended. It further accused Kangana of supporting her sister. It also said that on April 18, 2020, Kangana too posted a video on her social media platforms, labelling a religious sect as “terrorists”. The advocate told the court that the police refused to take any action against the sisters despite all his efforts.

In his revision application, advocate Ali Kaashif Khan said that the case could not be dismissed over non-availability of sanction order, but could be kept for compliance of the same. He also said, he had filed an application for issuance of sanction from the collector.