In a setback to pro-BJP actor Kangana Ranaut, a Mumbai court on Thursday rejected her plea to transfer the defamation case filed by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar from the magistrate court of RR Khan.
According to Livelaw, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate ST Dande passed the order. Kangana’s lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui had accused Magistrate Khan of biases by saying that the actor had lost trust in the trial court.
After Kangana’s failure to appear before the court on several occasions, Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan had said that he would issue an arrest warrant against her. Faced with public humiliation, Kangana’s lawyer said that her client had sought the transfer of the case.
“Kangana has lost faith in this court,” Kangana’s lawyer had said.
#Breaking :Mumbai court dismisses #KanganaRanaut's plea to transfer the defamation case filed by #JavedAkhtar against her out of the Andheri court claiming she has 'lost faith' in the court. pic.twitter.com/v8dYNcSxG0
— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) October 21, 2021
Before rejecting Kangana’s plea to transfer the case, ST Dande had sought a report from Magistrate Khan. The report is believed to be confidential.
While Siddiqui was representing Kangana, lawyer Jay Bharadwaj represented Akhtar in the court. Siddiqui had expressed his displeasure over Magistrate Khan’s decision to demand Kangana’s physical presence during the hearing.
Last month, the Bombay High Court had rejected Kangana’s petition, which sought the quashing of the defamation case filed against her by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar. . Justice Revati Mohite Dere had said that the magistrate court had applied its mind and considered all aspects before issuing the summon to Kangana.
Akhtar had filed a defamation case against Kangana after he took a dim view of remarks made by the pro-BJP actor in an interview to Republic TV’s Arnab Goswami.
Speaking to Goswami, Kangana had said that Bollywood was run by the mafia. When asked to name those behind running this imaginary mafia, Kangana had named filmmakers Mahesh Bhatt and lyricist Javed Akhtar. “Then there are Javed Akhtar and company, who are so-called atheists. But their whole group is about keeping an eye on who is Islam friendly and who is not Islam friendly.”