Javed Akhtar files caveat in SC against Kangana Ranaut’s plea seeking transfer of cases from Mumbai to Shimla
Writer-lyricist Javed Akhtar has filed a caveat in the Supreme Court saying that he be heard in connection with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut and her sister Rangoli Chandel’s plea seeking transfer of cases pending against them in Mumbai to a court in Shimla. A caveat is filed by a litigant in high courts and in the Supreme Court to ensure that no adverse order is passed against the party without it being heard.
Alleging there would be a threat to their lives if the trial proceeds in Mumbai, the actress and her sister had said they apprehend that if trial in these cases are conducted in Mumbai, there would be a “material threat” to their life and property as the Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government has been “harassing” them.
A Mumbai court issued a bailable warrant against actress Kangana Ranaut on Monday after she failed to appear for the hearing of lyricist Javed Akhtar's defamation case against her. Akhtar's advocate Vrinda Grover then filed an immediate response asking the court to issue a non-bailable warrant against the actress.
Javed had moved the Magistrate Court against Kangana claiming that she made derogatory and defamatory comments about him during an interview with a news channel. He had filed a criminal defamation case under Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code.