A Mumbai court issued summons to Kangana Ranaut on Monday for a defamation case filed against her by Javed Akhtar, reported the Hindustan Times. Sharing a news article about it on Twitter, Ranaut claimed that she is a ‘lioness’ among a ‘pack of jackals’.
“Geedaron ka ek jhund aur ek sherni... mazaa aayega (A pack of jackals and a lioness… this will be fun),” she wrote.
In December 2019, the Andheri metropolitan magistrate directed the Juhu police to conduct an inquiry into Akhtar’s defamation complaint against Ranaut before the court. Following this, the police submitted their report to the court on Monday, stating that the offences alleged by the plaintiff [Akhtar] against the defendant [Ranaut] are adequate to instigate further investigation.
Magistrate RR Khan, after perusing the report, issued summons to Ranaut.
In his complaint, Akhtar had accused the Queen actor of making ‘baseless comments’ about him being part of a ‘coterie’ in Bollywood, after the death of Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year. He claimed that her statements had damaged his reputation.
Ranaut has been alleging the existence of a ‘mafia’ in Bollywood that has been targeting her professionally and personally. She has claimed that Rajput was a victim of the same syndicate and was ‘murdered’ by them.
Last month, on Rajput’s birth anniversary, Ranaut alleged that some powerful people of Bollywood had 'tortured' him. She regretted assuming he was ‘strong enough’ to take them on, on his own and not coming out in his support when he was alive.
“Dear Sushant, movie mafia banned you bullied you and harassed you, many times on social media you asked for help and I regret not being there for you. I wish I didn’t assume you are strong enough to handle mafia torture on your own. I wish ... Happy Birthday dear one #SushantDay,” she wrote on Twitter.
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