Updated: December 15, 2020 19:44:51
On December 14, an identity theft complaint filed by actor Hrithik Roshan in 2016 against “unidentified individuals” was transferred from the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU). The move follows a letter written by actor Mahesh Jethmalani’s lawyer to the Mumbai Police Commissioner regarding the lack of progress in the case.
What does Roshan’s complaint have to do with Ranaut?
In 2016, Roshan filed an identity theft complaint after days of heated exchanges with colleague Kangana Ranaut. The quarrel between the two actors, who had worked together on Krrish 3 (2013), began when Roshan sent Ranaut a legal notice after she referred to him as her “stupid ex” during an interview. She first responded on Twitter, disputing the existence of any previous romantic relationship with Ranaut. He wrote that there were more chances that he had been “in a relationship with d (sic) Pope”. Roshan followed this up with a legal notice, asking her former co-actor a public apology. Ranaut refused to apologize, claiming the two had been romantically involved in 2014. She sent a counter-notification to Roshan, asking him to resume her notification or face a criminal case.
Why did Roshan file an identity theft complaint?
Roshan’s legal notice reported alleged mental harassment by Ranaut. She claimed she sent him 1,439 emails, which he never replied to, as well as telling people in the film industry that they had been in a relationship. It suggested that whoever had been in contact with Ranaut was an impostor, pretending to be Roshan.
Ranaut denied the suggestion, saying that the particular email ID used for her correspondence with him was given to her by Roshan himself. He added that the email has been kept private in order to avoid having a negative impact on the divorce proceedings between Roshan and his wife Sussanne Khan.
The war of words continued on Twitter in the meantime, with Roshan at one point claiming that Ranaut was “imagining” things while suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. His comment led to a lot of criticism, particularly of parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Roshan finally filed a case with the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell under section 419 (impersonation) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66 (c) – identity theft – and section 66 (d) – cheating per person using computer resources – the Information Technology Act. The police investigation, however, failed to unearth much as the email ID was found to be based in the United States and a NIL report was filed in 2017. 📣 Follow Express Explained on Telegram
How did Ranaut react to the latest development?
The news of the transfer of the case to the CIU created a stir on social media, after Ranaut posted a tweet accusing Roshan of bringing up an old question and asking: “kab tak royega ek chote se affair ke liye (how long will you cry for a minor deal) “. She wrote: “Her sobbing story starts all over again, so many years since our breakup and her divorce but she refuses to move on, refuses to go out with any woman, just when I gather the courage to find some hope in my personal life, he starts the play all the same again. “
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