Updated: December 15, 2020 7:44:51 PM
On December 14, an identity theft complaint filed by actor Hrithik Roshan in 2016 against “unidentified persons” was transferred from the Mumbai Police Cybercrime Unit to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU). The transfer follows a letter written by actor Mahesh Jethmalani’s lawyer to the Mumbai police commissioner about the lack of progress in this case.
What has Roshan’s complaint got to do with Ranaut?
In 2016, Roshan filed a complaint for identity theft after several days of intense exchange with colleague Kangana Ranaut. The conversation between the two actors, who had worked together in Krrish 3 (2013), had begun when Roshan sent Ranaut a legal notice after calling him “her former fool” during an interview. He first responded on Twitter, denying the existence of any previous romantic relationship with Ranaut. He wrote that he was more likely to have had “an adventure with d (sic) Pope.” Roshan followed suit with a legal notice, apologizing publicly to his former co-actor. Ranaut declined to apologize, claiming the two had been romantically involved in 2014. She sent a counter-notification to Roshan, asking her to take back her opinion or face a criminal case.
Why did Roshan file a lawsuit for identity theft?
Roshan’s legal opinion presupposed mental harassment by Ranaut. She claimed that she sent him 1,439 emails, to which he never replied, in addition to telling people in the film industry that they had a relationship. He suggested that anyone who came in contact with Ranaut was an impostor, claiming to be Roshan.
Ranaut rejected the suggestion, saying the email ID used for her correspondence with him was given to her by Roshan himself. She added that the email had been kept private so as to prevent it from 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 claiming at one point that Ranaut was “imagining” things while suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. His comment has led to much criticism, especially from the parents of children with autism spectrum disorders.
Roshan eventually filed a case with the Mumbai Police Cyber Cell under section 419 (impersonation) of the Indian Criminal Code and section 66 (c) – identity theft – and section 66 (d) – deception by personalization using computer resources – information technology Act. However, the police investigation failed to dig up much, as it was found that the email ID is based on the US and a NIL report was filed in 2017. 📣 Follow Express Explained on Telegram
How did Ranaut react to the latest development?
News of the case’s transfer to the CIU caused a stir on social media, after Ranaut posted a tweet accusing Roshan of dragging an old problem and asking: “cable tak royega ek chote se affair que liye (how long will you cry for a minor adventure) ”. She wrote: “His story of crying begins again, so many years since our separation and his divorce, but he refuses to move on, refuses to meet any woman, just when I gather the courage to find hope in my personal life, he starts the same drama again. “
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