The Mumbai police have summoned three-time National award winning actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister to record their statement, following a complaint lodged by actor Hrithik Roshan against unknown persons for alleged impersonation.
After Hrithik approached the suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) police, an FIR was registered against unknown persons for allegedly creating a fake email-ID in the actor's name and using it to chat with his fans.
Recently, when Hrithik and Kangana had sent legal notices to each other, the Queen star revealed that she was corresponding with Hrithik through mails. Hrithik had, however, refuted this and said the email ID was not created by him.
Kangana's advocate Rizwan Siddiqui, in a statement released in Mumbai on Thursday, said the cyber crime cell of BKC police issued summons to the actress and her sister Rangoli to appear before it within a week so as to record their statements. In reply to the summons, Siddiqui also said that no police officer can summon his client Kangana and her sister to any police station to record their statement, as a witness under section 160 of CrPC.
"The witness summons sent to my client and her sister by the police officer are patently illegal, as no woman can be called to the police station to record her statements as per the provisions of law," he said in the statement.
According to the lawyer, Kangana had willingly expressed her desire to co-operate with police officers, in accordance with the provisions of law. Earlier, Hrithik had refrained from naming Kangana in his complaint and had told the police that he learnt about the imposter and fake email-ID from a fan.
However, the actor later re-approached police urging them to probe the case fast, and revealed that Kangana had told him about this email-ID.
Hrithik, in his legal notice to Kangana, claimed to have received about 1,439 emails from the Tanu Weds Manu Returns actress on his correct email-ID, and also the forwarded emails she had sent to the fake ID and the replies received therein.
The Bang Bang star claimed he learnt about the alleged imposter in May 2014, following which he filed a complaint with the cyber crime cell in December the same year.
"He (Hrithik) did not wish to take any action against the so-called imposter for seven months. Also he did not bother to take the required details of the imposter from my client (Kangana) during those seven months," Siddiqui said in the statement.
"In December 2014, Hrithik filed an informal complaint with the cyber cell with full knowledge that no investigation shall be carried out by the police on an informal complaint," he said.
He further claimed that Hrithik was required to act or reply on the notice sent by Kangana within seven days.
"However, thereafter, on receiving my notice on the 1st of March, he (Hrithik) cleverly chose to maintain a 'dignified silence' as there could not have been any good reply to my notice where his statements were proved to be blatant lies," he said in the statement.
In February this year, Hrithik had sent a notice to Kangana demanding an "unconditional apology" for a "defaming" remark in an interview where she allegedly referred to him as "silly ex". In an apparent rebuttal, the 42-year-old actor had then tweeted, "There are more chances of me having had an affair with the Pope than any of the (I'm sure wonderful) women the media has been naming..."
Kangana, in her reply notice to Hrithik sent on March 1, refuted all the allegations levelled against her. The 29-year-old actress refused to apologise and demanded that Hrithik take back his notice or face further action.
In her 21-page notice on March 1, the actress had stated that, "She (Kangana) is not some dim-witted teenager who has been smitten and that whatever happened between the two of them was with full consent of both parties."
In his notice, Hrithik had contended that he and Kangana acted only in two films and besides professional relationship, there wasn't any social, personal, platonic and/or intimate relation between them. Kangana had in her notice claimed that she was not a stranger to Hrithik or his family members.