Yesterday, a Thane court sent a notice to veteran writer, lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar in a Re1 libel action filed against him by a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) volunteer.
The complaint was filed against the writer’s comments in a television interview drawing parallels between the ideology of the RSS, which he did not name, and the Taliban.
According to legal news site LiveLaw.in, the complaint was filed by Vivek Champanerkar seeking token compensation and a permanent injunction against the writer for his comments. The notice is refundable before November 12.
The website quoted Champanerkar’s lawyer telling the magistrate that “the plaintiff states that he was hurt by the defamatory statement of the defendant to tarnish the image of the plaintiff’s organization and therefore loses a rupee that the defendant is bound to indemnify him “.
This is the second libel lawsuit involving Javed Akhtar. The 76-year-old poet himself has filed a lawsuit against actress Kangana Ranaut for trying to link it to the suicide death of Sushant Singh Rajput last year. At the last hearing of the case, Ranaut argued for referral of the case to another court, saying she had “lost confidence” in the magistrate in charge of the case.