In an appeal filed through attorney Rizwan Siddiquee, Ranaut alleged that the Andheri court initiated proceedings against her by relying only on the police report and not hearing witnesses independently.
Akhtar filed a criminal complaint against Ranaut with the magistrate in November 2020 for allegedly defamatory and baseless comments made against him in television interviews. In December, the court ordered the Juhu suburban police to open an investigation. After the police stated in its report that there was prima facie a crime and further investigation was needed, the court opened criminal proceedings against Ranaut and served a subpoena on her in February 2021.
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“The metropolitan magistrate did not use his own powers to conduct an investigation, but instead blatantly used the police machine to collect the signed witness statements…which is completely unheard of,” the actor’s plea said.
It was likely that the witnesses were influenced by the police and the magistrate should have taken witness statements under oath to “determine whether an actual case was being made,” it said. The Supreme Court is likely to hear Ranaut’s plea next week.