Mumbai, December 22: Actor Kangana Ranaut also has the right to have a Twitter account and express her thoughts, the Bombay High Court said while hearing a petition by a lawyer who wants Ranaut’s Twitter account blocked.
The court asked the petitioner, Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh, to show how Kangana’s tweets have caused him personal injury or breached his fundamental rights, India Today reported.
Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh said, “I am a Maharashtrian, Mumbaikar and she calls the court Pappu Sena. This hurts me and that is a personal injury.” The petitioner alleged that the actor has been spreading animosity between communities and has been hurting his religion through her tweets.
A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik asked the Maharashtra government’s lawyer, Jayesh Yagnik, who said, “This petition needs to be converted into a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), otherwise many people will read newspapers and start coming to the court stating they are hurt. Constitutional right and constitutional remedy are different. This is a vague petition.”
Justice Shinde told the petitioner, “Any individual can have this account. She also has the fundamental right to have an account to express her thoughts. So, you have to show how your fundamental rights are breached. Unless the case comes under the reasonable restrictions, can we accede to your request? If you have to judge what will you do?”
The petitioner said, “Free speech and hate speech are different. In my petition, there are multiple examples of how she has hurt many feelings. There are many cases filed in various courts against her. There is a personal mental injury that I have suffered through her tweets.”
At this, Justice Shinde said, “That is different. Word against word, how can we go into this issue? You think over that. We are not in a hurry to dismiss your petition. Take your time. We don’t want to discourage a young lawyer like you. Go through your points and make fresh arguments. On the next date, we will bring an end to this.”
The court will hear Deshmukh’s petition on January 7.
Kangana has spoken openly against Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. Recently, the Bombay High Court criticised the Shiv Sena-led BMC for the way her office in Khar was demolished citing illegal construction.