In November, Javed Akhtar had filed the defamation case against Ranaut for the remarks she made about him during a TV interview while speaking about actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Ranaut had reportedly told Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami that Akhtar was part of SSR suicide gang.
The complaint accuses Navika Kumar of making inherently defamatory statements and to cause serious harm to the reputation of the Complainant (ARG) by imputing behaviour incompatible with proper conduct and suggestions of involvement in improper activity.
Advocate Abad Ponda argued in the petition filed by Goswami seeking to restrain the magistrate from taking cognizance of the charge-sheet. Ponda informed the bench that he got a message that the magistrate has taken cognizance of the charge-sheet.
Republic TV Chief Executive Officer Vikas Khanchandani was arrested by Mumbai Police on Sunday in connection with the alleged television ratings manipulation case. He is the 13th person to be arrested in the case.