Kangana Ranaut approaches Bombay High Court challenging against defamation case filed by Javed Akhtar

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Published by Sagarika Patil on 22 Jul 2021

Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has moved to Bombay High court challenging the proceedings initiated by a city magistrate on a criminal defamation complaint filed against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar. In an appeal filed by advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, Kangana explained that the Andheri metropolitan magistrate’s court initiated proceedings against her by relying only on the police’s report and did not examine witnesses independently.

Javed Akhtar had filed a criminal offence against the ‘Queen’ actress Kangana Ranaut in November 2020 before the magistrate for allegedly making defamatory and baseless comments against him in television interviews. Last December, the court directed the suburban Juhu police to take over an investigation. After the inquiry police presented in its report that an offence was made out on the face of it and a further probe was needed, the court initiated criminal proceedings against Kangana Ranaut and issued a summons to her in February 2021.

“The metropolitan magistrate did not use his own powers to conduct an inquiry but instead blatantly used the police machinery to collect the signed witness statements…which is completely unheard of,” stated Kangana’s plea. It was likely that the witnesses were influenced by the police and the magistrate should have recorded evidence of witnesses under oath to “establish if an actual case was made out”, the plea said further.

The high court is going to hear Ranaut’s plea next week.

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