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Akshay Kumar files Rs 500 cr defamation suit against YouTuber

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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has filed a Rs 500 crore defamation suit against a YouTuber for linking him in the Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) death case. Notably, the YouTuber from Bihar, Rashid Siddiqui, had taken Akshay’s name in the videos published by him related to the late actor’s death case.

As per media reports, the YouTuber had allegedly spread fake news about several celebrities. He earned around Rs 15 lakh within four months through his published videos.

Rashid Siddique had claimed in his videos that Akshay Kumar was unhappy with Sushant Singh Rajput getting big films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, and alleged that the actor had “secret meetings” with Aditya Thackeray and the Mumbai Police.

In his videos, Siddiqui had also linked Akshay with the late actor Sushant’s girlfriend, Rhea Chakraborty, claiming that the actor helped her escape to Canada.

Charges against the YouTuber

The police have already filed a case on charges of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult against Rashid Siddiqui. He was earlier arrested for spreading fake news and dragging the name of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son, Aditya Thackeray, in the case.

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A senior IPS officer told a tabloid that Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was used by several people to make money. He said, “As many people were curious about the case, Sushant’s death was misused by several to make money. Once the media started reporting different theories, YouTubers jumped on the opportunity and started posting fake content. By maligning the Mumbai Police’s reputation they earned a lot of money.”

SSR death case

Sushant Singh Rajput was found hanging in his Mumbai home on June 14 and since then, the investigation in his death case has taken several twists and turns. Notably, three central agencies—Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and Narcotics Control Bureau— are investigating the case.

The late actor’s girlfriend Riya Chakraborty was also arrested by the NCB in a drugs case, but was later granted bail by the court.

 

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