A year ago, Javed Akhtar had filed a case against Thalaivi actress Kangana Ranaut for making defamatory and baseless comments during a television interview. Soon in December, the court ordered the Juhu police to conduct an inquiry against the actress. After hearing both sides of the arguments, the court rejected Ms. Ranaut’s petition.
Even after getting the plea rejected, Kangana again came up challenging the Court by filing a fresh plea on this. Kangana approached the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) stating that the charges against her were ‘bailable’ However, the Andheri Court ‘misused power’ to cause injury to Ranaut’s reputation, as mentioned in the plea.
Advocate Jay K Bharadwaj, lyricist Javed Akhtar’s legal representative in his reply said, “Covid protocols being in force, which allowed Ranaut to absent herself, 6 exemption applications have been allowed to date. In all, Ranaut has not been present on 11 dates when the matter was listed. Needless to mention that the attendance of Ranaut was only required for the sole purpose of recording of the plea, ie, framing of charge under Section 251 Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).”
He further added, “It is grossly incorrect to even state that the 10th Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri has been directing Ranaut to remain present on each and every date of hearing. The delay tactics adopted by her on various dates, in spite of the fact that the summoning in the matter was done on February 1, 2021, the plea of Ranaut could not be recorded to date owing to the willful and deliberate absence of her. The compliance of mandatory provisions of CrPC cannot be construed as ‘threats’ or bias’, as envisaged and conceived by Ranaut.” The ongoing suit will be heard on January 27.