A Mumbai court on Thursday afternoon rejected Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut‘s plea to transfer the defamation case filed by Javed Akhtar out of Andheri Court. According to Livelaw, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate ST Dande passed the order. The actress in her request said that she does not want Magistrate RR Khan, who has been hearing the veteran lyricist’s complaint to hear her case as she has no confidence in his court.
After failing to appear before the court despite numerous summons, Mgiistrate Khan had said that he would issue an arrest warrant against Kangana. She stated that Khan has been unnecessarily summoning her.
Rizwan Siddiquee, appearing for Kangana in his arguments on Wednesday said that the magistrate was acting in a prejudiced manner by summoning her without giving reasons.
In response, Akhtar’s advocate Jay K Bhardwaj argued that Ranaut had been deliberately missing the hearing on all occasions and therefore, her plea could not be recorded in terms of Section 251 Criminal Procedure Code after cognizance was taken by the magistrate.
After hearing both the arguments, Additional CMM ST Dante also called for Magistrate Khan’s say. However, it was not presented to Kangana and Akhtar’s lawyers.
Last month, Ranaut filed a counter defamation case against Javed Akhtar. The actress had appeared in Andheri court with regards to the defamation case filed against her by Akhtar. The hearing for the case has been adjourned till November 15. However, the actress has filed a counter case against Javed Akhtar, raising questions as to why she has been asked to be present in person for hearings. Her lawyer has filed a transfer application to CMM court.