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Bombay HC dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s plea against defamation case by Javed Akhtar

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The Bombay High Court had rejected a plea filed by actor Kangana Ranaut seeking quashing of the criminal defamation proceedings initiated by a lower court in Mumbai on the complaint of lyricist Javed Akhtar. The bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dere dismissed the plea by Kangana.

Notably, the actor had challenged the defamation proceedings initiated earlier this year by Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate’s court. She had contended that the court failed to apply its mind to the case.

Arguments of Javed Akhtar

The counsel for Javed Akhtar, Jay Bharadwaj, had opposed the plea and said that due procedure was followed by the magistrate. He submitted that to conduct an impartial inquiry, all people involved were summoned by him but Ranaut decided not to attend the proceedings. Akhtar’s affidavit, in reply, sought dismissal of the plea and said that the same was filed with the “sole intent to delay the proceedings”.

Arguments of Kangana Ranaut

On the contrary, the actor had contended that the magistrate should have determined the veracity of the complaint instead of passing the order “mechanically”. She had submitted that no evidence was brought on record by Akhtar and the material relied on was brought by a third party who was not examined on oath.

The case

Javed Akhtar had filed the criminal complaint against Kangana Ranaut in November last year before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate for allegedly making defamatory and baseless comments against him in a television interview given to journalist Arnab Goswami.

In December 2020, the court directed the Juhu police to conduct an inquiry into Javed Akhtar’s complaint against Kangana Ranaut and then initiated criminal proceedings against her and issued summons to her in February this year.

In his complaint, Akhtar had alleged that Ranaut had made defamatory statements on national and international television, “in what appears to be a clear campaign to malign and tarnish (Akhtar) in the eyes of the general public”.

 

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