Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut appeared earlier than a Mumbai court docket on Monday in reference to a prison defamation criticism filed towards her by lyricist Javed Akhtar, and stated she had “misplaced religion” within the Justice of the Peace’s court docket because it not directly “threatened” her of issuing a warrant if she failed to look earlier than it in a bailable offence. Ranaut additionally moved a counter criticism within the court docket towards Akhtar for alleged “extortion and prison intimidation”, and her lawyer knowledgeable the court docket that they’d filed an software earlier than chief metropolitan Justice of the Peace, searching for switch of listening to into the criticism to a different court docket.
The court docket had final week stated it would problem a warrant towards Ranaut if she fails to look on the following date of listening to on September 20. Ranaut appeared earlier than Andheri metropolitan Justice of the Peace R R Khan on Monday for the primary time since summons was issued to her in February this yr, and accomplished the bail formalities.
Because the matter got here up for listening to, her lawyer Rizwan Siddique advised that court docket that Ranaut doesn’t wish to proceed with this court docket (in reference to the criticism).
Siddique stated they’ve “misplaced religion within the court docket because it appears to be biased”.
The court docket has not directly “threatened” her of issuing a warrant on two events in a non-cognisable, compoundable and bailable offence, the place as per legislation common presence will not be required, the lawyer claimed.
Ranaut has been known as earlier than the court docket with none trigger or cause, he stated.
He additional submitted that until at the moment, there is no such thing as a order as to why she is required to be current recurrently for the bailable, non-cognisable and compoundable offence.
Akhtar’s lawyer Jay Bharadwaj termed Ranaut’s plea for switch of criticism to a different court docket as “extraordinarily bizzare”. “They’ve neither given any discover nor a replica of the (switch) software to us,” he stated.
The court docket will hear the matter subsequent on November 15. Earlier this month, the Bombay Excessive Court docket dismissed a plea filed by Ranaut searching for quashing of proceedings initiated towards her by the native court docket on the prison defamation criticism filed by Akhtar.
Justice Revati Mohite-Dere had stated within the order that there was no procedural illegality or irregularity within the metropolitan Justice of the Peace’s order initiating the proceedings.
Akhtar (76) had filed the criticism within the court docket in November final yr, claiming Ranaut had made defamatory statements towards him in a tv interview, which allegedly broken his status.
In his criticism, Akhtar claimed that Ranaut dragged his identify throughout an interview whereas referring to a ‘coterie’ current in Bollywood, following the alleged suicide dedicated by actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June final yr.