Non-cognizable offense filed against Javed Akhtar for RSS remarks

Mumbai: Mumbai Police registers a non-cognizable (NC) offense against Bollywood lyricist Javed Akhtar on Monday took a dig at his alleged remarks. A senior police officer said that against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on a complaint filed by a lawyer.

Earlier in the day, a Mumbai Police official and the complainant’s lawyer had said that an FIR (First Information Report) was registered against the veteran lyricist.

Later in the day, senior inspector of Mulund police station Avinash Bhise clarified to PTI that an NC was registered against Akhtar and not an FIR as reported by the officer earlier.

Complainant Santosh Dubey has circulated a video of himself claiming that the police had registered an FIR against Akhtar (76) on the basis of his complaint.

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 apologized to him.

In the said interview, Akhtar reportedly drew parallels between the 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.

The lawyer said, “I had earlier sent a legal notice to Akhtar and asked him to apologize on his remarks, but he failed to do so. Now, an FIR has been registered against him on my complaint.”

Avinash Bhise, senior inspector of Mulund police station said, “We have registered an NC (non-cognizable offence) against Akhtar under IPC section 500 (punishment for defamation). Further investigation is on.”

In case of non-cognizable offense the police cannot arrest the accused without warrant and also cannot initiate investigation without the permission of the court.

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