Witness summons to Kangana, her sister patently illegal: Lawyer

Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) Responding to reports about Kangana Ranaut and her sister being summoned after Hrithik Roshan’s complaint, the actress’s lawyer on Thursday said witness summons sent to the siblings by the police officer is patently illegal as no woman can be called to the police station to record their statements as per Indian law.

“No police officer can summon my client or 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 is patently illegal, as no woman can ever be called to the police station to record their statements as per the provisions of law,” Kangana’s advocate Rizwan Siddiquee said in a statement.

According to media reports, Mumbai police’s cyber crime police station in Bandra-Kurla Complex, following Hrithik’s FIR, summoned Kangana and her sister. The summons said that both have to appear before the police and record their statements within a week.

The controversy between the two actors, who were rumoured to have been dating in the past, took another ugly turn after they slapped legal notices against each other.

Several reports also suggested that the cyber police station recently registered an FIR against an unknown person for allegedly impersonation Hrithik by creating a fake email ID in his name and using it to chat with the actor’s fans (which refers to Kangana).

The whole dating saga started with Kangana’s “silly ex” comment, to which Hrithik responded by tweeting: “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’s lawyer said: “My client who is shown to be a victim as per the claims of Hrithik has herself willingly expressed her desire to cooperate with the officers in accordance to the provisions of law, as well as in her reply to the summons she has duly reserved her rights to file an appropriate criminal complaint against Hrithik and his associates for hacking two of her email accounts, which includes the email from which Hrithik admittedly claims to have personally received about 1,439 emails from my client on his correct email id as well the email from which my client was communicating with the alleged imposter.”

“The crux of the matter is simple. Hrithik had admittedly full knowledge of the so-called imposter in the month of May in 2014. However, he did not wish to take any action against the so-called imposter for good seven months nor did he as a responsible citizen, then bother to take the required details of the imposter from my client during those seven months,” the lawyer said.

“Thereafter sometime 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.”

The statement also mentioned that Hrithik “was required to act on my notice within seven days. However, thereafter he 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”.

Siddiquee added that Kangana has suffered and has still maintained a dignified silence.

“Things were started by Hrithik and he should come forward and end it in a proper manner,” it read.

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