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Kangana Ranaut is Appealing Against The Court’s Decision That Turned Down Javed Akhtar’s request to transfer the defamation case

Kangana Ranaut has appealed a Mumbai court order dismissing her extortion complaint against film writer and lyricist Javed Akhtar, in which she was seeking transfer of the criminal complaint to another competent magistrate before the sessions court.

The charge against Ranaut was “bailable, non-cognizable, and compoundable,” according to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) court. Even before the trial began, Andheri court magistrate RR Khan attempted to “misuse his powers and cause injury” to Ranaut, despite being aware of the situation.

Ranaut, through her lawyer Rizwan Siddiquee, filed a revision application in Dindoshi sessions court after the CMM court rejected her plea in October 2021.

On technical grounds, Akhtar’s lawyer, Jay Bharadwaj, objected, and the sessions court denied Ranaut’s request, stating that filing a revision was not the proper legal procedure.

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Ranaut has now filed a new plea, this time under Section 408 of the Criminal Procedure Code, before the Dindoshi sessions court (CPC). The power of a sessions court judge to transfer cases is addressed in this section of the code.

On January 27, 2022, additional sessions judge Shridhar Bhosle will hear the case.

Kangana Ranaut And Jawed Akhtar
Kangana Ranaut And Jawed Akhtar

What exactly is the situation?

In the Andheri court, Javed Akhtar filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ranaut, alleging that her comments on a news channel constituted criminal defamation under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Ranaut allegedly stated during an interview with a television news channel that Akhtar was part of a “Bollywood suicide gang” that could “get away with anything,” according to Akhtar’s complaint.

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In a cross-complaint, Ranaut accused Akhtar of criminal conspiracy and outraging modesty by invading her privacy through her criminal complaint. She requested that process be issued against Akhtar under Indian Penal Code Sections 383, 384, 387 (extortion), 503, 506 (criminal intimidation), and 509 (outraging a woman’s modesty) (IPC).

Ranajit had also requested that his own case be moved from magistrate Khan’s jurisdiction. Ranaut has not yet challenged the CMM court’s decision, which was made in December 2021.

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