Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar has been issued a show-cause notice by a Thane court on a defamation suit filed against him over his RSS-Taliban comments.
Thane court has directed Javed Akhtar to appear before it on November 12. (File Photo)
A court in Maharashtra’s Thane has issued a show-cause notice to noted Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar in connection with a defamation suit filed against him by an RSS activist over his alleged remarks comparing the organisation with the Taliban.
The court of the additional chief judicial magistrate and joint civil judge (senior division) has directed Akhtar to appear before it on November 12.
The suit which has been filed by RSS activist Vivek Champanerkar seeks Re 1 as compensation from the screenwriter.
Akhtar, 76, triggered a controversy earlier this month when he told a news channel that “right wing all over the world has an uncanny similarity.”
“The Taliban want an Islamic country. These people want to make a Hindu Rashtra,” the former Member of Parliament said without naming the Nagpur-headquartered Hindutva organisation.
Advocate Aditya Mishra, who appeared for the complainant, argued at length in the court, claiming that the defendant (Akhtar) had made “derogatory” remarks against the RSS while appearing in a show of a private news channel.
“The defendant’s remarks drawing a parallel between barbaric Taliban and organisations working for the Hindu cause were aimed at vilifying such outfits,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Champanerkar in his petition submitted that statements made by Akhtar were aimed at belittling the RSS’s image in the eyes of common public.
“The defendant uttered unfounded, false and baseless allegations against the organisation of plaintiff in the said show,” Mishra said.
According to the suit, “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.”
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