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Karnataka Police registers case against Kangana Ranaut

Bengaluru: A case has been registered against Bollywood actor KanganaRanaut in Karnataka over her tweet targeting the mass protesting against the central farm laws.
|| Ann Mary Philip

Background: Last month, the Centre introduced three farm Bills, saying it will give farmers new-found freedom. But they felt let down, alleging that the new laws would make them dependent on big private players.In a bid to allay their concerns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said they shouldn’t be swayed by those having vested interests.His words hardly had an impact as protests continued.

“People who spread misinformation and rumours about CAA that caused riots are the same people who are now spreading misinformation about farmers bill and causing terror in the nation, they are terrorists. You very well know what I said but simply like to spread misinformation,” Ms Ranaut tweeted.

The case was registered by police in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district on Monday based on the recent order of a local court.It has been registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 108 (abetment), want on vilification upon a community (153A) and intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace (504), the police said.

The Tumakuru Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) court had on October 9 directed police to register an FIR on a complaint lodged by lawyer L Ramesh Naik who contended that the September 21 tweet on the actor’s Twitter handle @KanganaTeam had hurt him.

“My case against popular Bollywood actress KanganaRanaut is not to gain any publicity but to convey to her that what she did was wrong. When farmers take to the streets to protest against any government policy, they are not necessarily terrorists, as she thinks. I have joined many such protests, am I a terrorist? I need clarification on this and therefore I am fighting this case,” Naik said.

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