‘Judge acted without favour’: Court dismisses Kangana Ranaut’s plea in defamation case

Judge acted judiciously without partiality: Court dismisses Kangana’s plea in defamation case. (Photo Credits, Instagram, @kanganaranaut)

Judge acted judiciously without partiality: Court dismisses Kangana’s plea in defamation case. (Photo Credits, Instagram, @kanganaranaut)

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s court here has held that the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate, presiding over the defamation case filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar against Kangana Ranaut, has acted “prudently” and has not shown any prejudice against the actor.

Just because the court proceeds by following the process of law, does not mean that it is biased against the applicant, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate ST Dande said in his order dismissing Ranaut’s plea in which There was a demand to transfer the case. any other court. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had dismissed Ranaut’s plea on October 21, but its detailed order was made available on Saturday.

The actress, while filing the transfer petition last month, had said that she “lost faith” in the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate’s court as it indirectly “threatened” her to issue a warrant if she fails to appear before him in the bailable offence. Stayed. The petition also alleged that the court was biased against him. However, Dande in his order ruled that the Metropolitan Magistrate, 10th Court, Andheri has given a reasonable opportunity to the accused to remain absent by accepting all his exemption applications.

“I have gone through all the orders passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate of Andheri. He has passed orders judiciously,” he said.

Further, the order passed by the Andheri court was confirmed by the sessions court. Besides, the high court had dismissed Ranaut’s plea seeking quashing of criminal defamation proceedings initiated against him by the magistrate, the court said.

“This shows that the Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri has acted in a prudent manner and is not biased against the applicant,” the CMM Court said. It said, “Just because the court proceeds with the matter by following the process of law, it does not mean that the court is biased against the applicant/accused.” It further said that the matter cannot be transferred from one court to another on mere ‘apprehension’.

The court said it is of the view that Ranaut has failed to make an affirmative, substantive case to show that his apprehensions are justified.

“Unless there is some positive, substantive case showing that there is a reasonable apprehension of not getting a fair trial or fair justice from the court concerned, the proceedings cannot be transferred from one court to another on mere vague and general charges, It said. . If the case is transferred on the basis of false allegation, it will affect the morale of the presiding officer.

The court ruled that no ground has been made to transfer the case from the Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court, Andheri to any other court.

Akhtar, 76, had filed a complaint in an Andheri court in November last year, claiming that Ms Ranaut had made defamatory statements against him in a television interview, which had allegedly damaged her reputation. In his complaint, Akhtar claimed that after the alleged suicide by actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year, Ranaut dragged his name during an interview while referring to a ‘kotri’ present in Bollywood.

Ranaut has also filed a counter complaint against Akhtar before the Metropolitan Magistrate Court in Andheri court for alleged “extortion and criminal intimidation”.

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