Hrithik Roshan has broken his “dignified” silence and named Kangana Ranaut as the person who has been interacting with an impostor who had an email ID in the actor’s name. He had earlier refrained from naming Kangana as the emails were reportedly provocative in nature and he wanted to save the Tanu Weds Manu star from public and media scrutiny.
Based on the actor’s FIR, the Mumbai Police’s cyber crime police station in Bandra Kurla Complex has summoned Kangana for making inquiries, said reports. They have also summoned Kangana’s sister Rangoli as she was privy to the details of the email communication. Both have to appear before the police and record their statements within a week.
The cyber police station has recently registered a FIR against an unknown person for allegedly impersonation actor Hrithik Roshan by creating a fake email ID in his name and using it to chat with the actor’s fans.
An officer from the cyber police station said they have registered a FIR under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act against the person for allegedly committing identity theft and impersonation.
How it happened
At Karan Johar’s birthday party in 2014, Kangana approached Hrithik and thanked him for appreciating her work in Queen. To this, Hrithik reportedly said that he had not interacted with Kangana over email and the account was a fake. Hrithik’s legal notice alleges that after Kangana came to know of his real ID, she spammed him. Hrithik’s notice firmly denies any link between him and the National Award-winning actor.
Hrithik demanded a public apology from Kangana about allegations that they had an affair or he would make the emails, which allegedly contain provocative and nude pictures and clips, public.
Kangana retaliated with a legal notice. “My client (Kangana) states that it was Hrithik who wanted to communicate from a newly created ID because of his impending divorce. In an effort to safeguard his name, image and reputation your client (Hrithik) time and again malafidely and in mischief hacked my client’s email ID and deleted all the mails sent by him,” the notice said.
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The public statements
Hrithik Roshan issued a public statement, saying, “Anything private that becomes public gives rise to speculation and unnecessary controversies simply because the general public are not privy to the whole truth. Out of respect for everyone involved, I followed the legal path to resolve the matter in question so as to keep it private. It was a breach of ethics to reveal the contents of a private legal notice. Dignified silence is dignified up to a point, but there comes a time when the silence needs to be broken to protect one’s name, family and image.”
She dismissed the statement as an effort to gain public sympathy.
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Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan had approached the police station earlier this month with a written complaint, reminding them of the complaint made in December 2014 to initiate action against the person. Back then Hrithik had even complained to the Mumbai police commissioner after getting to know that someone else has allegedly created a fake email account in his name. The actor got worried when he was told that a girl, who he has now named as the Queen star, had sent her controversial pictures to the fake email account presuming it was his.
Hrithik, in a letter to the then police commissioner Rakesh Maria and the BKC cyber crime division, had said that a person is in contact with his friends and fans using a fake email address by the name of firstname.lastname@example.org. He got to know about the fake account when he started receiving calls from his friends asking why he was not replying to their emails. The impersonator allegedly communicated with Roshan’s fans and people from the film industry.
Hrithik wrote in the letter: “It is a well-known fact that many a times young girls and boys send their provocative and / or nude pictures and film clips to film personalities in vain hope that it could bring them some work. I am given to understand (sic) that a young girl (now named as Kangana) has send a lot of such photographs and film clips on the email address email@example.com, thinking that she is sending it to me.” He also mentioned that if the said material used wrongly, it can prove detrimental to the girl.
DCP, cyber, M Raj Kumar and Hrithik’s lawyer Deepesh Mehta refused to comment on the development.