YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee has opposed the defamation discover issued towards him by actor Akshay Kumar in reference to Sushant Singh Rajput loss of life 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 looking for Rs 500 crore in damages for making “false and baseless allegations” towards him in Rajput’s loss of life case.
Kumar, within the discover despatched by legislation agency I C Authorized, mentioned Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF Information has printed a number of “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” movies.
Siddiquee, in his reply despatched by his 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”.
It added that following the loss of life of Sushant Singh Rajput, a number of unbiased reporters, together with Siddiquee, coated the information as many influential individuals had been concerned and different distinguished media channels weren’t offering appropriate info.
The reply additional claimed that each Indian citizen has the elemental proper to freedom of speech.
It added that the content material uploaded by Siddiquee can’t be thought-about 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 mentioned.
It additional questioned the delay within the defamation discover despatched and mentioned the movies had 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 mentioned.
Siddiquee sought Kumar to withdraw the discover and mentioned if it isn’t carried out, 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 numerous 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 mentioned.
The Mumbai police have additionally filed a case towards Siddiquee on fees of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult for his posts towards Mumbai police, the Maharashtra authorities and minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Siddiquee was on November three granted anticipatory bail by a neighborhood courtroom right here, which directed him to cooperate within the probe.