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RSS- Taliban Comment: RSS Volunteer Files Defamation Suit For ₹1 Against Javed Akhtar In Thane Court

Sharmeen Hakim
28 Sep 2021 11:42 AM GMT
RSS- Taliban Comment: RSS Volunteer Files Defamation Suit For ₹1 Against Javed Akhtar In Thane Court
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A Thane Court, in Maharashtra, has issued a show-cause notice to lyricist Javed Akhtar in a defamation suit filed against him seeking Re 1 in damages over his interview drawing parallels between nationalist RSS organisation and terror outfit Taliban. Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate passed the order in the suit filed by one Vivek Champanerkar seeking symbolic compensation and...

A Thane Court, in Maharashtra, has issued a show-cause notice to lyricist Javed Akhtar in a defamation suit filed against him seeking Re 1 in damages over his interview drawing parallels between nationalist RSS organisation and terror outfit Taliban.

Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate passed the order in the suit filed by one Vivek Champanerkar seeking symbolic compensation and a permanent injunction against Akhtar from statements against the RSS. The notice is returnable on November 12.

The suit is filed under Sections 38 and 40 of the Specific Relief Act. The show-cause notice is issued under Order V of the Civil Procedure Code.

The 76-year-old poet, lyricist and screenwriter triggered a controversy early this month when he told NDTV that extremist organisations all over the country have an uncanny similarity, drawing parallels between RSS and the Taliban.

Advocate Aditya Mishra argued that defendant (Akhtar) had made "derogatory" remarks against the RSS while appearing in a show of a private news channel. He said the defendant's remarks were aimed at vilifying such outfits and aimed at belittling the RSS's image in the eyes of the common public.

"The defendant uttered unfounded, false and baseless allegations against the organisation of plaintiff in the said show," Mishra said.

"The plaintiff states he has been hurt by defendant's defamatory statement to tarnish the image of plaintiff's organization and hence he is in loss of rupee one for which the defendant is liable to compensate him," according to the suit.

Case Title: Vivek Shashikant Champanerkar v. Javed Akhtar


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