Javed Akhtar has reached the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court to record his statement in the defamation case filed by him against actor Kangana Ranaut. The veteran poet and lyricist entered the court premise through the back gate to avoid media personnel stationed outside. Kangana, on the other hand, is yet to arrive.
Last week, Kangana’s request to cancel the defamation case was rejected by the Bombay High Court. With the High Court refusing relief, the 34-year-old actor will have to appear before the Metropolitan Magistrate’s court today. However, it’s still unclear whether Kangana will appear before the court.
Kangana, through her counsel Rizwan Siddiquee, had challenged the defamation proceedings that were initiated by the Magistrate’s court earlier this year, saying that the court had failed to apply its mind to the case. Javed Akhtar’s counsel Jay Bharadwaj, however, told the high court that the magistrate had directed for the police inquiry after going through the lyricist’s complaint and excerpts of Ranaut’s interview, in which she had made the alleged defamatory comments. Akhtar had filed the criminal complaint against Ranaut in November last year before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate for allegedly making defamatory and baseless comments against him in a television interview given to a senior journalist.
(More details to be awaited)