THE BOMBAY High Court on Tuesday reserved its orders on an appeal filed by actor Salman Khan against a city civil court’s order of March, which had refused him relief in connection to a defamation suit he had filed against NRI Ketan Kakkad and others, for uploading on social media videos about the actor’s alleged activities in his Panvel farmhouse.
The actor had told a single-judge bench of Justice C V Bhadang that the content, including videos uploaded on social media by his neighbour Kakkad in Panvel where he has a farmhouse, were not only derogatory or defamatory but also creating communal bias and were communally provocative. Khan had filed a defamation suit before the city civil court about the videos uploaded by Kakkad on social media and sought directions to Kakkad to remove the same and also restrain him from making such comments. After the civil court refused to pass an injunction order, the actor had moved HC.
Kakkad, through his advocates Abha Singh and Aditya Pratap, had told the trial court that a defamation case was filed by Khan to pressure him to give up the fight for his land in Panvel.
Kakkad argued that his statements revolved around facts about Khan’s property and the same could not amount to defamation. The lawyers had submitted that Khan, being a celebrity, had put everything about himself including information about his Panvel farmhouse on public domain, and therefore his appeal be dismissed.
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Senior advocate Ravi Kadam, appearing for Khan, had said the videos uploaded by Kakkad are speculative. “They are not only defamatory but also communally provoke viewers against Salman Khan,” he said.
Referring to the script of the videos, Kadam had said that Kakkad speaks about Khan being a member of a minority community and trying to usurp a Ganesh temple in Panvel near his farmhouse, and the same was defamatory.
The court on Tuesday concluded hearing in the matter and reserved its verdict, which will be pronounced in due course.