July 29 : In a latest development in the ongoing legal feud between Kangana Ranaut and author Ashish Kaul, the latter filed a contempt petition in the Bombay High Court against the Panga actress for lying to the court.
It is reported that Ashish Kaul's lawyers, Adnan Shaikh and Yogita Joshi said they sent a letter to renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar and came to know through his response that there was falsification of facts in the passport application, which is a major offence. The lawyers said they found it their responsibility to bring this to the notice of the High Court, and that if fraud against the court is proven, the actress may face legal consequences.
The two lawyers accused Kangana of not disclosing all the cases filed against her in various courts. Javed Akhtar had filed an intervention plea alleging that Ranaut deliberately didn’t disclose facts in order to obtain a favourable order for passport renewal. Earlier, it was reported that Bombay High Court refused to hear Javed Akhtar's interim plea, where he alleged that Kangana did not disclose all information to the court about an impending defamation case that he had filed against the actress. Kangana took to her Instagram handle and thanked the High Court for refusing to hear Javed Akhtar’s plea.
Ashish Kaul had earlier filed a copyright infringement case against Kangana for the film Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda. The author said he will oppose any relief to the actress in the copyright case. Kangana and her brother Akshat Ranaut have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court to quash the FIR against them in the said case.
Meanwhile, in Javed Aktar case, Kangana had filed a plea in a Mumbai court seeking exemption from personal appearance in the defamation case. But the court asked her to be present in the court on the next date of hearing without fail. Rejecting the plea filed by Javed Akhtar's lawyer, seeking issuance of an arrest warrant against Kangana if she fails to appear in court, the magistrate said that Javed Akhtar’s lawyer can move the plea again if the actress fails to appear at the next hearing.