The Bombay Supreme Court said Thursday it would decide whether to consider a plea seeking the suspension of actor Kangana Ranaut’s Twitter profile as a public interest litigation (PIL). This comes from a report by Livelaw.com.
Ali Kaashif Khan Deshmukh, a Mumbai-based attorney, said in his petition that Twitter should be instructed to permanently suspend or disable Ranaut’s profile in an attempt to stop the spread of hatred in the country. He added that the social media platform should be instructed to obey laws to prevent any abuse.
The lawyer also accused Kangana of using the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput for her own gain. She did the same with the continued excitement of the farmers, he said, citing some controversial tweets from Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel allegedly provoking hatred against the communities.
Deshmukh argued in front of a department bank of Judges SS Shinde and MS Karnik on Thursday, pointing out that he had written to police and state authorities in the past to crack down on Ranaut and her sister. But the judges wanted to know if the plea was a PIL, which Deshmukh replied that it wasn’t.
“Then how can we act in criminal proceedings on the basis of claims from a third party who is in no way personally affected? Is that a PIL? If not, you have to show you personal injury and how it affects you, ”the bank told Deshmukh, according to PTI news agency.
The bank instructed Deshmukh to consider whether the issue should be addressed through a PIL or whether the petition should continue about a criminal letter and adjourned the matter until Monday.
Meanwhile, government lawyer YP Yagnik insisted that the plea did not specify how Deshmukh’s flagged tweets would affect the general public. “This is a very vague petition. Twitter is an international organization. One cannot seek such vague relief, added Yagnik.
(With agency entries)