Mumbai Court Refuses To Record Statement of Kangana Ranaut’s Sister Before Commencing Trial In Javed Akhtar's plea

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Court dismissed the plea filed by Kangana Ranaut for recording her sister’s statement before the commencement of the trial in Javed Akhtar's defamation complaint.

A Mumbai court at Andheri has dismissed Actress Kangana Ranaut's application to record the witness statement of her sister, Rangoli Chandel before the trial begins in Javed Akhtar's defamation complaint against Ranaut.

Ranaut had filed an application under Section 311 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, claiming that her sister is a material witness as she was present with Ranaut during the 2016 meeting that formed the basis of remarks made by her in an interview aired on Republic TV channel. Akhtar filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ranaut in 2020 objecting to these remarks made by Ranaut on Republic TV.

Ranaut submitted that the erstwhile Metropolitan Magistrate RR Khan, who is now transferred, had not recorded her sister’s statement. To bring the correct facts on record, Ranaut argued that the court ought to examine and record Chandel’s statement.

However, Akhtar's counsel opposed the plea arguing that the same was not maintainable. In his reply seeking dismissal of the application, Akhtar pointed out two factual aspects.

Firstly, Chandel had not been cited as a witness in the complaint filed by him, and secondly, the manner in which the prosecution witnesses were examined, had been upheld by the Bombay High Court in its order dismissing Ranaut’s revision plea.