The Maharashtra government on Thursday opposed a petition seeking permanent suspension of the Twitter account of Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut in the Bombay High Court.
- Last Updated:December 18, 2020, 6:14 AM IST
Deshmukh, a city lawyer, said in his criminal writ petition that to stop spreading hatred in the country through Twitter, Ranaut’s account should be directed to suspend or close permanently.
The petitioner said that to prevent misuse of a platform like Twitter, it should also be directed to follow the country’s guidelines and laws. He cited several controversial tweets by Ranaut and his sister Rangoli Chandel that he had allegedly tried to incite hatred against communities and the state machinery.
Arguing before the bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik, Deshmukh said that he had recently written a letter to the police and Maharashtra authorities demanding action against Ranaut and his sister. Deshmukh said, ‘Many FIRs are pending against Ranaut. In the past, she has misused the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput for her own benefit and now she is doing the same with the opposition of the farmers. ‘The judges asked whether this petition is a public interest litigation (PIL). On Deshmukh’s refusal, he said then how can we take action in a criminal case based on claims made by a third party, which is not personally affected in any way? Is this a public interest litigation? If not, you have to show personal damage to how it is affecting you.
Government lawyer Yagnik argued that the petition did not mention how the tweet referred to by the petitioner affected the public. He said, ‘This is a very vague petition. Twitter is an international organization. Nobody can make vague demands like this. Yagnik said that this argument is not correct and should be settled.