The Andheri Court in Mumbai has granted bail to Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut on Thursday after she moved the court for the cancelation of the bailable warrant that the court issued against her in the defamation case, brought against by her lyricist, Javed Akhtar.
She has been granted bail upon furnishing a surety of ₹15,000 and a cash surety of ₹20,000, Bar and Bench reported.
On March 1, the court ordered a bailable warrant against the actor as she failed to respond to the summons issued by the court.
“For willful absence of accused (Ranaut) without any justified reasons, despite service of summons, issue bailable warrant of ₹1,000 against accused Kangana Ranaut,” Magistrate R. R. Khan said in the order.
The case pertains to a television interview that Kangana gave on july 19, 2020, and linked Javed Akhtar with Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death. Akhtar filed a criminal complaint against Kangana on November 3, under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.
In a parallel development, the Karnataka high court on Thursday set aside an FIR registered against Kangana Ranaut over her tweets where she compared protesting farmers with terrorists.