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FIR against lyricist Javed Akhtar for remarks against RSS during interview

By PTI

Mumbai: The Mumbai Police on Monday registered an FIR against lyricist Javed Akhtar for his alleged remarks against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). An official gave this information.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Mulund police station on a complaint by city-based lawyer Santosh Dubey.

“An FIR has been registered under section 500 (punishment for defamation) of the Indian Penal Code,” said an official of Mulund police station.

The lawyer had last month sent a legal notice to Akhtar for allegedly making “false and defamatory” remarks against the RSS in an interview to a news channel and asked him to apologize for it.

Akhtar (76) in a recent interview pointed out similarities between Taliban and Hindu extremists.

Dubey had claimed in his notice that by making such statements, Akhtar had committed an offense under sections 499 (defamation) and 500 (punishment for defamation) of the IPC.

“I had earlier sent a legal notice to Akhtar and asked him to apologize for his remarks, but he failed to do so.

Now an FIR has been registered against him on my complaint.

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