Remember, the controversial Kangana Ranaut interview aired on Republic TV in which she lashed out at Javed Akhtar and called him a part of the Bollywood suicide gang. While Kangna has been critical of certain Bollywood celebrities post actor Sushanth Singh Rajput's untimely death, the veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar had lodged a defamation case against her last year in a local court in Mumbai.
However, the case is moving forward at a snail pace.
Reason you may ask.
Well, Kangana has been seeking exemption from appearing before the local Andheri Court on the occasion of every court hearing in this matter. Some time back she had even mounted a legal challenge to the defamation case in Mumbai High Court. However, the Court had refused to quash the proceedings.
Today's hearing in the matter was no different. While it is learnt that Akhtar has been personally present for every hearing, Kangana sought exemption from appearance today as well.
Amid some heated arguments, Kangana's lawyer informed the court the Thalaivii actress has been exhibiting covid symptoms off late. The actress has been busy promoting her new film since last couple of weeks, her lawyer Rizwan Siddiqui told the Court. He also stated that Kangana might apply for exemption again if she tests positive.
However, the Counsel for the petitioners weren't pleased with the justification for today's non appearance considering that the actress had been warned against during the previous hearing as well. In fact, Advocate Jay Bharadwaj and Priya Arora appearing for Akhtar argued that the actress is playing delay tactics with the court and sought issuance of bailable warrant against her.
While the back and forth between the counsel and the possibility of issuing a bailable warrant continues, the court will hear Ranaut's plea for permanent exemption on the next date of hearing. i.e. September 20, 2021.