Lyricist Javed Akhtar has filed a plea before the Mumbai Sessions Court against an order of a Metropolitan Magistrate in Mulund summoning him in a criminal defamation complaint for his alleged remarks comparing the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to the Taliban..The Magistrate had issued summons to the lyricist in a criminal complaint filed by a lawyer, Santosh Dubey in October 2021, under Sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The Magistrate had issued summons to Akhtar on December 13, 2022 after recording statements of the complainant and two witnesses under Section 200 the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC)..Challenging the order, Akhtar stated in his revision plea filed through advocate Jay K Bharadwaj, that process had been issued without conducting any enquiry as stipulated under CrPC. Akhtar claimed that the complainant had failed to show his locus to file such complaint. “It is a matter of record that the complainant has not placed on record even a single document which can establish his locus standi to file the complaint against Akhtar on behalf of RSS. Importantly, it may not be out of place to note that complainant calls himself a supporter/volunteer/swayamsevak of RSS. The three expressions connote different meanings and from a bare reading of the complaint, it is unclear as to what is his role while filing a complaint against Akhtar,” the plea stated..The plea also pointed out that the Magistrate's order was mechanical in nature and passed in haste without considering the circumstances in which they were made.“The Magistrate has failed to appreciate the fact that summoning of accused is a serious matter and same should not be done in a mechanical fashion,” the plea stated.