Bombay High Court rejects Kangana Ranaut’s petition, appealing for a stay on the defamation case filed against her by Javed Akhtar 

On Friday, the Bombay High Court rejected Kangana Ranaut’s petition appealing a stay on the trial emerging from the defamation case filed against her by Javed Akhtar. The actress’s appeal in the defamation case lodged against her by lyricist Javed Akhtar in the year 2020. Her appeal also seeks to have the cross-complaint merged.

According to a report by, Justice Prakash Naik released in a statement that the proceedings cannot be clubbed together or put on stay, as the actress never contested that the cases were held to be cross-cases. Also, Javed Akhtar filed the case before her. That is the reason, Kangana’s petition was rejected.


In 2020, Javed Akhtar filed a defamation case against Kangana Ranaut, because in an interview she had accused him of threatening her. Akhtar had called her to his house for inappropriate purposes amidst her fight with ex-boyfriend Hrithik Roshan.

Kangana later on filed a counter-complaint against him, accruing him of “extortion and criminal intimidation”. She even released in a statement that following her breakup with co-star and actor Hrithik Roshan, Javed Akhtar had called her and her sister Rangoli to his house with “malafide intentions and ulterior motives and then criminally intimidated and threatened” her, Kangana said.

The defamation case is ongoing before the Magistrate of Andheri, while Kangana’s complaint was stayed in the sessions court. In a petition filed by Kangana, she stated that as both the cases had their origin in 2016, they should be clubbed together and tried simultaneously.