Advocacy of Javed Akhtar in HC
Javed Akhtar has approached the Bombay High Court over Kangana Ranaut’s statements in his petition calling for the speedy renewal of his passport. The writer-lyricist alleged that the actor did not disclose his criminal defamation case against the actor in his petition. In his request to intervene, he claimed that Ranaut had done so on purpose to get a favorable verdict in the case.
Javed Akhtar addresses the High Court on Kangana Ranaut’s passport renewal application
Akhtar sought to intervene in Ranaut’s motion for brief filed by Ranaut, challenging the first information report filed against her after the author of the book by Didda: Warrior Queen of Kashmir alleged copyright infringement. The actor had also filed a provisional application in court, asking that the regional passport authority be ordered to renew his passport. She claimed that the authority was delaying the renewal, citing pending criminal cases against her.
During the plea hearing on June 28, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh called Kangana’s plea vague and that Ranaut did not give details of the cases against her. Ranaut’s attorney, Rizwaan Siddiquee, then told a court headed by Judge SS Shinde that two FIRs had been registered against her, but criminal proceedings had not started.
He then explained that an FIR was filed by the Bandra police in October last year and that he was accused of “promoting religious enmity”. The other FIR was filed in March of this year, by the aforementioned writer for announcing a movie without the writer’s permission.
In his request to intervene, Akhtar said that in November 2020 he filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ranuat for comments against him in a TV interview. He said Ranaut had not revealed him to the High Court.
“Despite knowledge of the criminal case (Akhtar complaint) pending before the district court, Andheri, applicant no.1 (Ranaut) deliberately failed to disclose the same … with the intention of deceiving and get a favorable order, ”Akhtar said. request says.
The High Court has not made a decision on Akhtar’s plea.
The regional passport authority then informed the SC that it would process the renewal of her passport promptly once she made the corrections, after which the court ruled on her interim request. Ranaut recently visited Budapest and expressed his relief over the renewal of his passport.
(With PTI inputs)
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