Mumbai Court directs Juhu Police to investigate Javed Akhtar's criminal defamation complaint against Kangana Ranaut [Read Order]

Akhtar had filed a criminal complaint in the Magistrate Court at Andheri, Mumbai against Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making defamatory statements against him in a Republic TV interview
Mumbai Court directs Juhu Police to investigate Javed Akhtar's criminal defamation complaint against Kangana Ranaut [Read Order]
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A Mumbai court on Saturday directed the police station at Juhu, Mumbai to conduct investigation into the criminal complaint filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar against actress Kangana Ranaut for allegedly making defamatory statements against him in an interview to Republic TV editor, Arnab Goswami.

Metropolitan Magistrate at Andheri RR Khan today directed the Juhu police station to submit their investigation report in the court by January 16, 2021.

Akhtar had moved the Magistrate court to seek cognizance of Ranaut's statement and to try her for the offence of criminal defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code.

Advocates Niranjan Mundargi, Ameet Datta and Jay K Bhardwaj represented Akhtar.

Mundargi submitted that Akhar's name was unnecessarily dragged into an unconnected sensitive matter while her interview pertained to the late Sushant Singh Rajput's death.

He added that during her interview with Goswami, Ranaut had allegedly commented that Akhtar was part of a "Bollywood suicide gang" who could "get away with anything".

Referring to an alleged conversation cited by Ranaut in the interview as having taken place between her and Akhtar, he submitted that there was a witness to the conversation, a doctor.

He requested the court to invoke Section 202 of the Code of Criminal Procedure and either summon the witness to court for his statement or direct the police to investigate in the matter.

After hearing Mundargi's detailed submissions, the Magistrate held that since Ranaut was presently not in his jurisdiction, the Juhu police was directed to conduct the investigation in the complaint and then submit the report to the court, which will then be considered.

[Read Order]

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