On April 7, Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar appeared in Andheri Magistrate Court in his immaculate white kurta-pajama for the hearing of his complaint against actress Kangana Ranaut.
However, the hearing could not take place since the Magistrate was on leave for the day.
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Moreover, he has attended the majority of the court sessions since then. He enters the 10th Magistrate Court’s courtroom on the second floor of the building in Andheri East and sits in one of the white plastic seats.
Further, there have been times when he has been unable to attend, although this is usually due to him being ill or another emergency.
“Main koshish karta hun ki har baar aoon,” (I make every effort to attend) Akhtar said of his attendance on Thursday, April 7. Jay Bharadwaj, Akhtar’s lawyer, indicated that because his attendance had been recorded, Akhtar was free to depart and that he would try to schedule the next hearing for a later date.
“Jo shuru kiya hai, use khatam toh karna hi hai,” (What has started, will have to be ended at some point) Akhtar replied, a little disheartened but never losing his sparkling smile.
Meanwhile, people came up to him as he walked out of the courtroom to greet him and tell him how much they admired him, such as this counsel from Kolhapur who claimed to have read everything Akhtar had written in chaste Marathi.
Even as one doubted if Akhtar comprehended what was being said, the septuagenarian stated that he did and proceeded to depart, saying “chala” (go) in a very Maharashtrian manner.
However, the 10th Metropolitan Magistrate Court of Andheri will hear Akhtar’s case on May 2. The complaint has reached the point where the court must record Kangana’s plea.
Furthermore, Rizwan Siddiquee, the actress’s lawyer, had argued that the actor should not be required to appear in court. Her lawyer will be able to represent her.
Bharadwaj, on the other hand, maintained that Javed Akhtar’s charges against Kangana are based on a meeting attended by Javed Akhtar, Ranaut, and her sister Rangoli Chandel.
As a result, he declared that the actress would have to appear in court to speak whatever she has to say and that she will not be able to do it through her lawyer.
The Metropolitan Magistrate had asked Kangana Ranaut to come to court and she had alleged bias on the part of the Magistrate and had sought the transfer of the case away from him.
However, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, as well as the Sessions court, rejected the request.