A team from the BKC cyber police station police on Saturday recorded the statement of actor Kangana Ranaut as part of their investigation into allegations and counter-allegations between her and actor Hrithik Roshan.
Hrithik had earlier filed a complaint with the cybercrime cell, claiming an imposter had been emailing Kangana from a bogus email id, pretending to be him.
Kangana’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui questioned the “genuineness of the entire complaint lodged by Roshan”.
The five-member cybercrime team, which included three women, arrived at Kangana’s Khar apartment to record her statement on Saturday evening.
The team had sent her a summons, but Siddiqui replied saying that since she is a woman, her statement should not be recorded at the police station.
Apart from Kangana’s, the police also recorded the statement of her sister Rangoli. Sources said the two women are witnesses in the case.
Their statements were recorded for over three hours, during which the police asked Kangana about her email exchanges with the alleged impersonator.
Siddiqui told HT, “We gave the police the time of 4pm and they arrived 45 minutes later. They were extremely happy with her statement as a lot of facts have come to light. Now, the genuineness of [Hrithik’s] entire complaint has become more questionable.”
Hrithik, in a letter to then commissioner Rakesh Maria and the BKC cybercrime division, had alleged that an impersonator was contacting his friends and fans using a bogus email address,email@example.com.
He said he learnt about the fake account when he started receiving calls from friends asking why he was not replying to their emails.
Kangana became involved in the case after email exchanges between her and the person behind the bogus email address were leaked in the media.
Curious case of imposter
The cyber crime police station recently registered an FIR against an unknown person for allegedly impersonating Hrithik by creating a fake email ID in his name and using it to communicate with his fans.
Hrithik’s father, Rakesh Roshan, approached the police station recently with a written complaint reminding them of the complaint made in December 2014 to initiate action against the impersonator.
The Mumbai police then issued summons to Kangana, asking her to record her statement in connection with the case.
Kangana’s advocate Rizwan Siddiquee had said that Kangana will not accept the summon as the cops have “no legal right” to ask her to appear before them.
The police then withdrew the summons and requested Kangana to record statement in the case.