Kangana Ranaut has filed a plea in the Bombay HC seeking "quashing of the entire proceedings in the defamation case against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar. Kangana says that the case is initiated by the Magistrate without any application of judicial mind.

Javed Akhtar had filed a complaint against Kangana after he heard an interview of hers on a news channel in which she allegedly defamed him. Akhtar was deposed in court & the Magistrate had issued notice to Ranaut in Feb 2021.

     

Kangana Ranaut moves Bombay HC to quash all proceedings in Javed Akhtar defamation case

WHAT?

Kangana Ranaut has filed a plea in the Bombay HC seeking "quashing of the entire proceedings in the defamation case against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar. Kangana says that the case is initiated by the Magistrate without any application of judicial mind.

WHY?

Kangana says that the case is initiated by the Magistrate “without any application of judicial mind, as he has failed to examine witnesses named in the complaint on oath, as per Section 200, read with Section 202(2) of CrPC; and has instead sought to rely on the same witness-statements which were collected by the police under signatures which is in violation of the provisions of Section 162 of CrPc.”

Kangana did not appear in court & a bailable warrant was issued in March.

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Kangana Ranaut explained in detail that the witnesses could easily get influenced by the police and, for this reason, recording of evidence of material witnesses under oath in court was crucial for establishing whether any direct or actual case is made by the complainant, Javed Akhtar. Kangana submitted that such a practice, if allowed, would set a wrong precedent for other magistrates, as it also affects the rights and liberties of the accused in many cases.