Bihar-based YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee on Friday denied actor Akshay Kumar‘S allegations of defamation in connection with 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 notice looking for Rs 500 crore in damages.
Akshay ought to withdraw the notice, failing which he would provoke “appropriate legal proceedings”, he mentioned. The Bollywood star had on November 17 despatched a defamation notice to Siddiquee looking for compensation for making “false and baseless allegations” in opposition to him.
The notice despatched by means of legislation agency I C Legal mentioned Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF News had uploaded a number of “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” movies.
The YouTuber, in his reply despatched by means of advocate J P Jayswal on Friday, mentioned the allegations made by Akshay Kumar have been “false, vexatious and oppressive and is raised with an intent to harass him”.
Following Sushantt’s demise by suicide, a number of impartial reporters, together with Siddiquee, lined the information as many influential folks have been concerned and outstanding information channels weren’t offering appropriate data, he mentioned.
Every Indian citizen has the elemental proper to freedom of speech and the content material uploaded by Siddiquee can’t be thought of as defamatory because it was “viewpoints with objectivity”, the reply mentioned.
“The news reported by Siddiquee was already in the public domain and he has placed reliance on other news channels as sources,” it mentioned. It additionally questioned the delay in sending the defamation notice because the movies have 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 pressurize Siddiquee,” the reply mentioned. Akshay ought to withdraw the notice, in any other case Siddiquee would provoke applicable authorized proceedings, it added.
“Akshay Kumar faced severe backlash after interviewing an influential politician, whereby thousands of people have made personal comments 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 mentioned.
The Mumbai police have already filed a case in opposition to Siddiquee for alleged defamation, public mischief and intentional insult over his posts in opposition to the police, the Maharashtra authorities and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Siddiquee was on November three granted anticipatory bail by an area courtroom in that case.
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