Court dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s revision plea in Javed Akhtar’s defamation case

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Last year veteran lyricist and screenwriter Javed Akhtar had filed a defamation suit against actress Kangana Ranaut. According to the PTI report, on Monday (April 5) a sessions court in Mumbai dismissed Kangana’s application challenging the proceedings initiated against her by a magistrates court. The Additional Sessions Judge SU Baghele dismissed the plea filed by the Queen actress.

The same report further stated that in her plea Kangana had challenged the issuance of the process and the legality and validity of the February 1, 2021 order passed by the magistrate. In the session court the actress’ advocate Rizwan Siddiqui had argued that as per provisions of section 200 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), a magistrate has to first examine and record the statements of the complainant and the witnesses before issuance of notice or proceedings in criminal complaints. Siddiqui further argued that the procedure was vitiated since the magistrate’s court had not recorded the statements of the witnesses.

 

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Akhtar’s advocate Jay Bharadwaj had not only opposed Ranaut’s plea but also submitted that the order passed by the magistrate did not warrant interference.

On March 25, as per ANI, the Andheri Magistrate court had granted bail to Kangana in the defamation case. She had appeared before the court and had sought cancellation of the bailable warrant issued against her. She had also applied for bail which was allowed by the court.

In his complaint against Kangana, Akhtar had stated that her baseless comments against him on national television has caused irreparable damage to his hard-earned reputation. The lyricist had also accused the Panga actress of unnecessarily dragging his name in Sushant Singh Rajput‘s death case.  He had filed a criminal complaint against the actress under Sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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