Police summons Kangana in defamation case filed by Javed Akhtar

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Police in Mumbai have summoned Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut in a defamation case filed by veteran writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar, Indian Express quoting an unnamed official reported.

Kangana has been asked to appear before the Juhu police here on Friday, the newspaper report added.

Akhtar filed a criminal complaint against Kangana in November last year before the Andheri metropolitan magistrate for allegedly making defamatory and baseless comments against him in television interviews.

He claimed that she dragged his name while referring to a “coterie” existing in Bollywood, in TV interviews after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput in June last year.

The complaint said Kangana had falsely claimed that Akhtar threatened her to keep silent about her alleged relationship with actor Hrithik Roshan. It noted that Kangana’s remarks had tarnished Akhtar’s public image.

The court on 17 January allowed the police time till 1 February to file a report of their probe into the defamation complaint.

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