Actor and self-proclaimed film critic Kamaal R Khan is back on Twitter after his return from prison. He was granted bail a few days ago after being arrested by police at Mumbai airport in connection with his old tweets. Taking to social media on Sunday, he simply announced, “I’m back for my revenge.” Read too: Kamaal R Khan’s Account Tweet Claims His Life Is Under Threat
He was arrested for two different tweets, a 2020 case of alleged derogatory tweets about Akshay Kumar and filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma, and a sexual abuse case filed against him at the Versova police station in 2021.
In the 2020 case, the police claimed that KRK’s posts were communal and he was targeting Bollywood personalities. However, he said in his bail application that the tweets in question were only his comments on the movie titled Laxmii Bomb (released as Laxmii) and no offense alleged by the police was committed. KRK is acting as a “critic and/or reporter in the film industry,” said the bail bond. The FIR against him was filed in 2020 under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 153 (intentionally provoking with intent to cause riot) and 500 (punishment for defamation) and provisions of the Information Technology Act.
In the sexual abuse case, KRK, in its bail application filed by lawyers Ashok Sarogi and Jay Yadav before the Bandra Magistrates’ Court, claimed that the FIR’s content did not practically correspond to the alleged incident of sexual abuse. Lawyer Yadav presented before the court that the FIR was registered 18 months after the incident and also after the victim’s friend asked her to do so.
The sexual abuse case was filed in June 2021 based on a 27-year-old female complaint under sections 354(A) (sexual harassment of the nature of unwanted physical contact) and 509 (word or gesture intended to insult modesty of any woman) of the IPC. The complainant alleged that KRK had summoned her to her bungalow in Versova on the pretext of offering her the lead role in a film. He spiked her drink and touched her inappropriately, according to the FIR.
(With PTI inputs)
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