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Kamaal R Khan arrest: All about 2020 Controversial tweets, lawyer's statement, next hearing and more

Kamaal R Khan arrest: As per the police, after the release of the trailer of “Laxmii Bomb” in 2020, KRK made a comment against its lead actor Akshay Kumar, which was communal in nature.

Reported By : PTI Edited By : India TV Entertainment Desk
New Delhi
Updated on: December 18, 2022 19:15 IST
Kamaal R Khan
Image Source : FILE IMAGE Kamaal R Khan

Kamaal R Khan Arrest: Popularly known as KRK, the actor has been arrested over his 2020 tweets about Akshay Kumar and Ram Gopal Verma with city police claiming that his posts were communal and he targeted Bollywood personalities. A magistrate's court in Mumbai on Tuesday remanded Khan in 14-day judicial custody and adjourned bail hearing to September 2. Khan was arrested by police from the Mumbai airport late Monday night after he arrived from Dubai.

Kamaal R Khan presented before Borivali Court

KRK was produced before additional chief metropolitan magistrate S P Kekan at Borivali court on Tuesday. Police sought his custody for four days, saying they needed to find out at whose behest he was posting such tweets from a foreign country despite knowing that they might create communal tension.

Police also needed to ascertain if he was trying to extort money from filmmakers or stars for not posting negative reviews of movies, the remand application said.

KRK lawyer's statement

Kamaal R Khan mainly targeted Bollywood artists and was trying to create unrest between two groups of society by posting inflammatory statements and tweets against influential persons, police alleged.

Khan's lawyers opposed the remand plea, contending that his tweets were not inflammatory. The tweets were about actor Akshay Kumar and film-maker Ram Gopal Varma but they had not filed any complaint and the First Information Report was registered by another person, the lawyers said.

After the court sent Khan in judicial custody by rejecting the police's plea, his lawyers filed a bail application. It said that the tweets in question were only Khan's comments on the film titled "Laxmii Bomb" (released as only "Laxmii) and no offense as alleged by police was committed.

Khan is acting as a "critic and/or reporter in the film Industry", the bail plea said.

The court then adjourned the hearing on bail to September 2. ALSO READ: Kamaal R Khan sent to judicial custody after arrest at Mumbai airport for 2020 controversial tweet

Kamaal R Khan's 2020 Controversial tweets

As per the police, after the release of the trailer of “Laxmii Bomb” in 2020, Khan made a comment against its lead actor Akshay Kumar, which was communal in nature. In the same year, reacting to a picture posted by Ram Gopal Varma on twitter, Khan allegedly made derogatory remarks, the complaint said.

The FIR was registered against Khan in 2020 in the case under various Indian Penal Code sections including 153 (giving provocation with intent to cause riot) and 500 (punishment for defamation) and provisions of the Information Technology Act. ALSO READ: KRK's arrest over 'defamatory' tweet sparks hilarious meme fest on Twitter, netizens react

Khan had starred in the 2008 film "Deshdrohi", among others.

Meanwhile, the National Commission for Women said Khan had also made derogatory remarks about women on social media and the Maharashtra police should act against him. "Chairperson @sharmarekha has written to @DGPMaharashtra to book him under relevant provisions for his comments on women. Action taken must be apprised to the Commission," the NCW said in a tweet during the day.

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