Javed Akhtar Defamation Case: Bombay HC Dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s Plea
Kangana Ranaut had made defamatory remarks on national and international television, according to Javed Akhtar.Author : Sheetal J Bhalla
The decision was pronounced by Justice Revati Mohite Dere.
Kangana Ranaut had made defamatory comments on national and international television, according to Akhtar's lawsuit, “in what appears to be a clear campaign to malign and tarnish (Akhtar) in the eyes of the general public”.
Ranaut appeared in court in February after the Magistrate Court in Andheri initiated proceedings against her in February and issued a bailable warrant in March, and she was given bail.
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Ranaut filed a case at the High Court in July this year, challenging the magistrate's whole process, including all orders and summonses issued to date. It said that the magistrate, rather than just instructing the Juhu police to start an investigation, was required by the Criminal Procedure Code to question Akhtar and the witnesses mentioned in the complaint (CrPC).
The magistrate had exercised powers under the CrPC "without application of mind" and had unnecessarily asked the police to conduct an investigation for him by delegating powers to them, according to Siddiquee.