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Kangana seeks permanent exemption from court appearance in defamation case filed by Akhtar

Mumbai, June 25

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Friday moved a plea seeking permanent exemption from appearing before a magistrate court here in a  defamation complaint lodged by veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar.

In her plea, filed through advocate Rizwan Siddiquee, Ranaut has sought permanent exemption from court appearance on the ground that she needs to travel to different parts of India and also overseas to fulfil her professional commitments.

 The plea further said attending the court on a regular basis will require the actor to travel miles to Mumbai from different work locations, thereby causing her undue hardships.

The applicant will thus not only be unable to meet her professional commitments, but also both she and production houses will incur huge financial losses, it added.

 The court allowed her to skip in-person appearance for the day (June 25) and posted the permanent exemption plea for hearing on July 27.


Akhtar (76) had filed the complaint in the magistrate’s court last November claiming the actor had made defamatory statements against him in a television interview, which allegedly damaged his reputation.

In his complaint, Akhtar claimed that had made defamatory comments against him in an interview by dragging his name while referring to a “coterie” existing in Bollywood, following the death of filmstar Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.