YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee refuses to pay Rs 500 crore damages sought by Akshay Kumar
YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee has opposed the defamation discover issued towards him by actor Akshay Kumar in reference to Sushant Singh Rajput demise case and refused to pay Rs 500 crore damages sought by the star, saying there was nothing defamatory in his movies.
Siddiquee has additionally urged Akshay Kumar to withdraw the discover, failing which he would provoke “acceptable authorized proceedings” towards the actor.
Kumar had on November 17 issued a defamation discover towards Siddiquee searching for Rs 500 crore in damages for making “false and baseless allegations” towards him in Rajput’s demise case.
Kumar, within the discover despatched via regulation agency I C Authorized, stated Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF Information has printed a number of “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” movies.
Siddiquee, in his reply despatched via his advocate J P Jayswal on Friday, stated the allegations made by Akshay Kumar have been “false, vexatious and oppressive and is raised with an intent to harass him”.
It added that following the demise of Sushant Singh Rajput, a number of unbiased reporters, together with Siddiquee, coated the information as many influential folks have been concerned and different outstanding media channels weren’t offering appropriate data.
The reply additional claimed that each Indian citizen has the basic proper to freedom of speech.
It added that the content material uploaded by Siddiquee can’t be thought of as defamatory and that they’re to be handled as viewpoints with objectivity.
“The information reported by Siddiquee was already within the public area and he (Siddiquee) has positioned reliance on different information channels as sources,” the reply stated.
It additional questioned the delay within the defamation discover despatched and stated 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 stated.
Siddiquee sought Kumar to withdraw the discover and stated if it isn’t completed, he would provoke acceptable authorized proceedings.
The YouTuber from Bihar additional claimed that the actor was selectively concentrating on him.
“Akshay Kumar confronted extreme backlash after interviewing an influential politician, whereby hundreds of individuals have made private remarks towards him on varied YouTube movies and web sites. Surprisingly, Kumar has not taken any motion on the identical, nonetheless, he has selectively chosen Siddiquee to saddle the blame of defamation,” the reply stated.
The Mumbai police have additionally filed a case towards Siddiquee on costs of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult for his posts towards Mumbai police, the Maharashtra authorities and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Siddiquee was on November 3 granted anticipatory bail by a neighborhood court docket right here, which directed him to cooperate within the probe.
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