Bombay HC refuses urgent hearing of Kangana Ranaut’s plea on passport renewal

The Bombay high court on Tuesday refused an urgent hearing of actor Kangana Ranaut’s plea seeking directions to the authorities to renew her passport, which expires in September, as she has to travel to Hungary for the shooting of a film. The renewal has apparently been denied over a pending case against her.

Calling the application vague, the court said Ranaut was not vigilant enough to mention all details and that she also did not include the authorities as a party. The court allowed her to amend the application and posted the hearing in the matter on June 25. In her interim application filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, Ranaut said the Passport Authority had refused to renew her passport on account of an FIR registered against her and her sister Rangoli Chandel by the Bandra police earlier this year over some comments they had allegedly made on Twitter in October last year, which the FIR claimed promoted enmity between communities. The bench sought to know why the interim application did not specifically mention it was only for the renewal of Ranaut’s passport and had nothing to do with Chandel. When Siddiquee sought an earlier date of hearing, the bench observed it was only a film shoot and her schedule could be adjusted.