Javed Akhtar

Lyricist Javed Akhtar on Friday filed an intervention application in the Bombay High Court claiming that actor Kangana Ranaut failed to disclose certain facts in her petition before the court seeking speedy renewal of her passport. Javed Akhtar sought to intervene in the writ petition filed by the Bollywood actor who has challenged a First Information Report (FIR) against her for allegedly infringing upon the copy right of a writer.

Kangna Ranaut is seeking renew her passport to travel to Budapest

Last month, Kangna Ranaut also filed an interim application, seeking that the regional passport authority be directed to renew her passport to enable her to travel to Budapest, Hungary for a film shoot. The authority was delaying the renewal citing the criminal cases pending against her, she claimed. On June 28, during a hearing on this application, Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh, appearing for the passport authority, told the HC that Ranaut’s plea was vague and did not clarify which criminal proceedings were pending against her.

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Javed Akhtar moves to High Court to stop Kangana Ranaut’s passport renewal

In his intervention application, Akhtar said he filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ranaut in November 2020 over her remarks about him during a TV interview and criminal proceedings against her were pending. The actor failed to disclose this before the high court he said. In an interview given to Republic TV, Ranaut stated that the likes of Javed Akhtar who pretend to be ‘atheist,’ in reality, keep an eye on people within the industry to check whether they are pro-Islam or not. She added then that these people ‘filter’ Islam-friendly people in the industry and promote them.

Interestingly, the intervention petition by Javed Akhtar against Kangana Ranaut’s passport application comes just a few weeks after the actress had accused the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of deliberately delaying her passport renewal.

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