A metropolitan magistrate court on Monday issued a bailable warrant against actress Kangana Ranaut on a complaint lodged by lyricist Javed Akhtar alleging that she made defamatory comments about him during an interview.
The magistrate court had, on February 1, issued summons to the actress to appear before the court on March 1. She did not appear before the magistrate. Instead, her lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee was present on her behalf. The court issued bailable warrant against the actress and posted the matter for further hearing on March 26. The writer-poet approached the magistrate court in November 2020. On December 3, his statement was recorded by the magistrate for verification of the complaint. Later, the court directed Juhu Police to hold an inquiry and submit their report on the allegations. On Juhu Police’s report, the court ordered Ranaut to appear before it on March 1. Akhtar filed the complaint against Ranaut in November last year for allegedly making baseless and false statements against him which, according to him, damaged his reputation.
He claimed Ranaut defamed him during one television interview, claiming he threatened her to withdraw case against Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan. The lyricist also claimed Ranaut had made defamatory comments against him in an interview by dragging his name while referring to a “coterie” existing in Bollywood, following the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.