Thane court issues notice to Javed Akhtar in connection with a defamation complaint filed against him

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Published by Rashi Tiwari on 28 Sep 2021

A Thane court on Monday, issued a show-cause notice to famed Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar in connection with a defamation complaint brought against him over his alleged remarks comparing the RSS to the Taliban.

RSS activist Vivek Champanerkar has filed a complaint against Akhtar in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate and joint civil judge (senior division), seeking Rs 1 in damages. The court directed that the notice be sent out on November 12th.

Early this month, the 76-year-old poet, lyricist, and screenwriter stirred controversy when he told a TV channel that right-wingers all around the world have an obvious connection. “The Taliban want an Islamic country. These people want to make a Hindu Rashtra,” the former member of parliament added without mentioning the Nagpur-based Hindutva organisation.

The complainant’s lawyer, Aditya Mishra, argued in court for a long time, claiming that the defendant (Akhtar) made “derogatory” remarks about the RSS while appearing on a private news channel’s show. He claimed the defendant’s words were intended to defame such groups by drawing a link between the barbaric Taliban and organisations working for the Hindu cause.

Champanerkar said in the petition that the defendant’s comments were intended to tarnish the RSS’s image in the eyes of the general public.

He continued that in any such show, the defendant made unjustified, misleading, and baseless claims against the plaintiff’s organisation, Mishra stated.

According to the suit, “The plaintiff states he has been hurt by defendant’s defamatory statement” which according to him is intended to destroy the reputation of plaintiff’s organisation, and as a result he has suffered a loss of rupee one for which the defendant is required to compensate him.

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