Kangana Ranaut vs Javed Akhtar: Bombay HC reserves order on actress' plea seeking quashing of criminal defamation proceedings | Hindi Movie News - Bollywood - Times of India

Read full story: HC reserves order on Kangana Ranaut's plea seeking quashing of defamation proceedings On 1st September, the Bombay High Court reserved its order on a plea filed by Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut seeking quashing of criminal defamation proceedings initiated against her by a metropolitan magistrate's court in the city on a complaint filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar. Kangana Ranaut's lawyer had challenged the defamation proceedings. In her plea, the actress said that the lower court did not independently examine the complainant or witnesses named in the complaint against her, but instead relied upon the discretion of the Juhu police and initiated the case against her. Kangana's lawyer told a single bench presided over by Justice Revati Mohite-Dere that the police inquiry into Akhtar's complaint was merely 'one-sided.' Siddique, Kangana's lawyer, told the Bombay HC, 'My witnesses were never examined. The magistrate should have ensured that no party is harassed.' On the other hand, Javed Akhtar's counsel told the bench that the magistrate had ordered the police inquiry after going through his complaint and excerpts of the interview in which Ranaut had made the alleged defamatory comments. Akhtar's lawyer further argued that the police had summoned witnesses and concerned persons, including Ranaut, to ensure that the inquiry was impartial, but the actress never responded to the summons. Javed Akhtar had filed a criminal complaint against Kangana Ranaut in November 2020, before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate for allegedly making defamatory and baseless comments against him in a television interview. A month later, in December, the court directed the Juhu police to conduct an inquiry into Javed Akhtar's complaint. The police later informed the court that an offence of defamation, as alleged by Akhtar against the actor, was prima facie made out, and further probe into the same was required. Accordingly, the court went ahead and initiated criminal proceedings against the actress and issued summons to her in February this year. The Bombay High Court is now expected to pass an order on Kangana Ranaut's plea on September 9.

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