Mumbai Sessions Court reserves order in Kangana Ranaut’s plea

The Sessions Court at Dindoshi, Mumbai today reserved its order in the revision application filed by Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut challenging the proceedings before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court at Andheri in a criminal defamation complaint filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar.

Kangana Ranaut has challenged the validity and legality of the order passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate of Andheri and also the issuance of bailable warrant. Advocate Rizwan Siddiquee appeared before the Court and on the basis of Section 200 of Code of Criminal Procedure he rebutted the order.

Section 200 of Croc states that both the complainant and the witness are required to be examined by the Magistrate on oath and that statement ought to be signed by the Magistrate.

He submitted that since the Magistrate had not recorded the statements of the witnesses on oath, the Magistrate vitiated the procedure. He also said that for this reason, the summoning order of February 1, 2021, ought to be set aside.

He further urged the Sessions Court to suspend all proceedings against Ranaut.

Advocate Jay K Bharadwaj, appeared for Akhtar, and he opposed the plea and submitted that neither the issuance of process nor the order warranted interference.Referring to a Supreme Court judgment, he said that in the case of Vijay Dhanuka v. Najima Mamtaj, an inquiry under Section 200, CrPC and an examination of the complainant is only on the option of the witnesses being examined, if any.

Additional Sessions Judge SU Baghele heard the arguments at length before reserving the matter for orders.

He will render the verdict on April 5, 2021.Akhtar claimed that Ranaut made false statements and fabricated an incident thereby, injuring his reputation.

He, therefore, sought action against her for the offence of criminal defamation.

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