Kangana Ranaut’s Plea Against Javed Akhtar’s Defamation Case Rejected By Bombay HC

A Plea By Kangana Ranaut Looking for Quashing Of Defamation Case By Javed Akhtar Dismissed By Bombay(Pic Credit score: Fb/Kangana Ranaut, Javed Akhtar)

The Bombay Excessive Courtroom on Thursday dismissed a plea by Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut looking for to quash the prison defamation proceedings initiated in opposition to her earlier than the Andheri Justice of the Peace Courtroom by poet-lyricist Javed Akhtar final yr.

In her verdict, Justice Revati Mohite-Dere upheld the discretionary orders of the Andheri Courtroom Justice of the Peace directing the police to probe into the allegations levelled by Akhtar in opposition to Ranaut, each stalwarts within the movie trade.

In his criticism, Akhtar, a Padma Bhushan and five-time Nationwide Award winner, had accused Ranaut, a Padma Shri and three-time Nationwide Award winner, of creating defamatory statements in opposition to him on nationwide and worldwide tv in an obvious “clear marketing campaign to tarnish and malign” him within the eyes of the folks.

In March this yr, the Justice of the Peace issued a bailable warrant in opposition to Kangana Ranaut who appeared earlier than the courtroom and was granted bail, and in July she moved the excessive courtroom difficult the proceedings initiated by the decrease courtroom.

By way of her lawyer Rizwan Siddique, Ranaut contended that as an alternative of directing the Juhu Police to probe the matter, the courtroom was obligation certain to look at Akhtar and the witnesses named within the criticism beneath the Felony Process Code (CrPC).

Siddique argued that the Justice of the Peace ought to have ascertained the veracity of the “one-sided criticism” as an alternative of passing an order ‘mechanically’, declaring that no proof was introduced on document by Akhtar, and the fabric relied upon was introduced by a 3rd celebration who was not examined beneath oath.

Looking for dismissal of Kangana Ranaut’s plea and saying it was with the only real intent to delay the matter, Akhtar’s lawyer Jay Bharadwaj mentioned that the due procedures have been adopted by Justice of the Peace and to conduct an neutral probe, all individuals concerned have been summoned however Ranaut remained absent from the proceedings.

Bharadwaj mentioned that the Justice of the Peace may both conduct the investigation, or direct a police officer or a 3rd celebration for a similar, and the Justice of the Peace for one in all these three choices.

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