Mumbai: A court in Mumbai today allowed “last chance” to actor Kangana Ranaut’s plea seeking exemption from personal appearance in the defamation case filed by Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar and directed her to remain present on the next date of hearing without fail.
Metropolitan magistrate, Andheri, RR Khan, also rejected the plea of Mr Akhtar, filed through his lawyer, seeking issuance of an arrest warrant against the actor but said the complainant can move the plea again if Ms Ranaut fails to appear at the next hearing.
The matter is posted for hearing on September 1.
As the matter came up for hearing on Tuesday, the complainant filed a reply on Ms Ranaut’s plea who had sought permanent exemption from appearance before court citing professional commitments. An application was also filed requesting the court to issue an arrest warrant against her.
During the proceedings, Ms Ranaut’s lawyer requested that she be exempted from personal appearance for the day, which was allowed by the magistrate.
“The exemption application filed by the advocate of the accused is granted for today as the last chance. The advocate for the accused is directed to keep the accused present on the next date without fail,” the court said.