Bihar-based YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee on Friday denied actor Akshay Kumar’s allegations of defamation in reference to the Sushant Singh Rajput demise case. There was nothing defamatory in his YouTube movies in regards to the Sushant Singh case, Siddiquee mentioned in response to Akshay’s discover looking for Rs 500 crore in damages.
Akshay ought to withdraw the discover, failing which he would provoke “acceptable authorized proceedings”, he mentioned. The Bollywood star had on November 17 despatched a defamation discover to Siddiquee looking for compensation for making “false and baseless allegations” towards him.
The discover despatched by way of regulation agency I C Authorized mentioned Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF Information had uploaded a number of “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” movies.
The YouTuber, in his reply despatched by way of advocate J P Jayswal on Friday, mentioned the allegations made by Akshay Kumar had been “false, vexatious and oppressive and is raised with an intent to harass him”.
Following Sushantt’s demise by suicide, a number of unbiased reporters, together with Siddiquee, coated the information as many influential folks had been concerned and distinguished information channels weren’t offering appropriate info, he mentioned.
Each Indian citizen has the elemental proper to freedom of speech and the content material uploaded by Siddiquee can’t be thought-about as defamatory because it was “viewpoints with objectivity”, the reply mentioned.
“The information reported by Siddiquee was already within the public area and he has positioned reliance on different information channels as sources,” it mentioned. It additionally questioned the delay in sending the defamation discover because the movies had been uploaded in August, two months after Rajput’s demise.
“The damages of Rs 500 crore are absurd and unwarranted and are made with the intent to pressurise Siddiquee,” the reply mentioned. Akshay ought to withdraw the discover, in any other case Siddiquee would provoke acceptable authorized proceedings, it added.
“Akshay Kumar confronted extreme backlash after interviewing an influential politician, whereby 1000’s of individuals have made private remarks towards him on numerous YouTube movies and web sites. Surprisingly, Kumar has not taken any motion on the identical, nevertheless, he has selectively chosen Siddiquee to saddle the blame of defamation,” the reply mentioned.
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The Mumbai police have already filed a case towards Siddiquee for alleged defamation, public mischief and intentional insult over his posts towards the police, the Maharashtra authorities and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Siddiquee was on November 3 granted anticipatory bail by an area courtroom in that case.
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