YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee has opposed the defamation discover issued towards him by actor Akshay Kumar in reference to the Sushant Singh Rajput dying case and refused to pay Rs 500 crore damages sought by the star, claiming there was nothing defamatory in his movies.
Rashid Siddiquee has additionally urged Akshay Kumar to withdraw the discover, failing which he would provoke “appropriate legal proceedings” towards the actor.
Akshay Kumar had on November 17 issued a defamation discover towards Rashid Siddiquee in search of Rs 500 crore in damages for making “false and baseless allegations” towards him within the Sushant Singh Rajput dying case.
Akshay Kumar, within the discover despatched by legislation agency IC Legal, mentioned Rashid Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF News has revealed a number of “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” movies.
Rashid Siddiquee, in his reply despatched by his advocate JP Jayswal on Friday, claimed the allegations made by Akshay Kumar have been “false, vexatious and oppressive and is raised with an intent to harass him”.
The reply additional claimed that each Indian citizen has the basic proper to freedom of speech.
It added that the content material uploaded by Rashid Siddiquee can’t be thought of as defamatory and that they’re to be handled as viewpoints with objectivity.
“The news reported by Siddiquee was already in the public domain and he (Siddiquee) has placed reliance on other news channels as sources,” the reply acknowledged.
It additional questioned the delay within the defamation discover despatched and mentioned the movies have been uploaded in August 2020.
“The damages of Rs 500 crore are absurd and unwarranted and are made with the intent to pressurise Siddiquee,” the reply claimed.
Rashid Siddiquee sought Akshay Kumar to withdraw the discover and mentioned if it isn’t performed, he would provoke applicable authorized proceedings.
The YouTuber from Bihar additional claimed that the actor was selectively concentrating on him.
“Akshay Kumar faced severe backlash after interviewing an influential politician, whereby thousands of people have made personal remarks against him on various YouTube videos and websites. Surprisingly, Kumar has not taken any action on the same, however, he has selectively chosen Siddiquee to saddle the blame of defamation,” the reply alleged.
The Mumbai police have additionally filed a case towards Rashid Siddiquee on expenses of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult for his posts towards Mumbai police, the Maharashtra authorities and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Rashid Siddiquee was on November three granted anticipatory bail by a neighborhood courtroom in Mumbai, which directed him to cooperate within the investigation.
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