Bollywood actress and producer Kangana Ranaut has approached the Bombay High Court seeking quashing of proceedings initiated by a city magistrate in a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar. Ranaut filed an appeal through his lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui in which he claimed that the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate’s court initiated proceedings against him by relying only on the police report and did not independently examine the witnesses.
The actor’s plea said, “The Metropolitan Magistrate did not use his powers to investigate, but instead used the police machinery to take the statements of the signed witnesses, which is completely unheard of.” The High Court is likely to consider his plea next week.
Last year, Javed Akhtar had filed a complaint against Kangana Ranaut after an interview given to the news channel Republic TV. According to reports, Akhtar’s reputation has been hurt by Ranaut’s statements. The veteran lyricist claimed that his name has been unnecessarily dragged in connection with the unfortunate death of late actor Sushant Singh Rajput. He also claimed that the video interview garnered millions of views on the channels’ website and even on his YouTube channel. Reportedly, the interview was also published by other mainstream news platforms. The report further stated that Akhtar has sought cognizance of the offense of defamation committed by Ranaut and an offense punishable under the Indian Penal Code.
Earlier this year, an Andheri court had issued a bailable warrant against Ranaut after he did not appear before the court to hear the case. He was later granted bail on furnishing a surety of Rs. 15,000 and a cash security of Rs. 20,000
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