NCP Leader Files Sedition Complaint Over Kangana’s ‘Bheekh’ Remark

Last week at a summit the actor had stirred controversy after saying that India's independence was a bheekh

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Yusuf Parmar on Wednesday filed a private complaint about sedition against actor Kangana Ranaut before a Borivali magistrate court over her recent remarks that what the country secured in 1947 is not independence, but was ‘bheekh’.

Last week at a summit the actor had stirred controversy after saying that India’s independence was a bheekh (handout). At the time, she also claimed that the country got its real Independence after 2014 when the PM Modi led BJP government came into power.

In his complaint, Parmar has said that after winning the Padma Shri, Kangana has been making baseless remarks on social media as well as on television shows which have caused social disharmony and led to protests. He shared displeasure and said that the remark on our independence struggle was offensive and is attacking the Constitution of India.

“The complainant states that the accused degraded the freedom fighters and martyrs of this great nation who have laid down their lives..,” he stated in his complaint filed through advocate Ashley Cusher.

“The said statement of the accused who is a known Bollywood actress and was conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri award has indirectly criticized the freedom fighters such as Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh and Chandrashekhar Azad,” it stated.

In her IG Story, Kangana said that freedom fighters were handed over to the British by those who had no courage to fight oppression but were “power-hungry” and “cunning”.

The complaint further said that there is chaos in the country thus justifying stringent criminal action against her, adding that the union and state governments have failed to initiate any action against her.

Parmar has approached the court as the Malad Police Station refused to lodge an FIR after a written complaint. Requesting to register the FIR, he then approached the police commissioner, but no action was taken.

He sought that the court takes cognizance of the offences under Sec 124-A (sedition), Sec 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace) and under provisions of Prevention of Insult to National Honour Act.

Kangana had received the prestigious award from President Ram Nath Kovind at a ceremony hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in the capital on November 8. Several politicians and others have demanded the Centre to take back Kangana’s Padma Shri honour for insulting the country’s independence battle.

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