Javed Akhtar’s Defamation case: Mumbai Court issues Bailable warrant against Kangana Ranaut
On Monday, a court in Mumbai issued a bailable warrant against Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut after she failed to appear before it. Kangana was summoned due to her connection with the criminal defamation complaint filed by lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar.
On Monday, The Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court has issued a bailable warrant against actor Kangana Ranaut in the criminal defamation case filed against her by writer-poet Javed Akhtar. On 1st February, she was summoned by the court after the Juhu Police submitted a report stating that the alleged offences against her require further investigation. Kangana failed to appear in the court on Monday.
In November last year, Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar filed a private complaint through advocate Jai Bharadwaj against Ranaut under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code. He alleged that she had made baseless and false statements against him which damaged his reputation.
The Queen actress reportedly said on Republic Tv that Akhtar was part of a “suicide gang” involved in the Sushant Singh case. She also said “he (Akhtar) can get away with pretty much anything in Mumbai”.
Appearing on behalf of Akhtar, Advocate Vrinda Grover claimed that Kangana was aware of the case but still did not appear in the court or file an exemption application. Advocate Grover cited Kangana’s response to a Live Law tweet to prove her point.
Appearing for Ranaut, Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee told the court that the process of witness examination set out under Section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure was not followed in the case. Hence, Siddiquee argued that issuing summons was “bad in law”. He also said that Ranaut will be challenging this in the High Court.
Grover replied and said that Kangana failed to comply with the order of the court. She further added that she did not see any stay obtained from a Higher Court.
Though Akhtar’s counsel wanted the court to issue a non-bailable warrant against Ranaut, but Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan issued a bailable warrant against her.
Akhtar said in his complaint that comments made by the actress in connection with Rajput’s death had caused “irreparable damage” to Akhtar’s reputation as the interview was watched by millions of people.
The court posted the matter for further hearing on March 22.