Salman Khan's claim of being defamed not true as neighbour has proof: Mumbai Court

The court, on March 23, had denied actor Salman Khan interim relief in a defamation suit he had filed against Kakkad, who is his neighbour on his Panvel farmhouse property for remarks in an interview on a Youtube channel.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Wednesday, March 30, 2022, 11:29 PM IST
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Mumbai: The Mumbai City Civil Court has held that the allegations made by the neighbour of Salman Khan, Ketan Kakkad, which the actor claimed were defamatory, were in fact deduced to be true.

Judge A H Laddhad, in a detailed 50-page order, said: “I am of the view that Khan failed to explain the innuendo, how it relates to him, and Kakkad raised the plea of justification, which is prima facie supported by documentary evidence.”

The court, on March 23, had denied the actor interim relief in a defamation suit he had filed against his Panvel farmhouse neighbour Kakkad, for his remarks in an interview to a YouTube channel.

The order states that there is documentary proof substantiating the allegation that Khan was restraining Kakkad from approaching his land.

Khan’s prayer was that pending the hearing and final disposal of the suit, the court should pass an order in direction against Kakkad and others, restraining them by a temporary order from posting and circulating any defamatory content.

Kakkad had claimed that their land was on a hill above the farmland owned by Khan in Panvel and it was being blocked by Khan by putting up an iron gate.

The court has said in its order that the only point which comes first for determination is, whether Kakkad prima facie made out a defence for justification and the pleadings of the plaintiff are according to the requirement of law and whether the imputations are per se defamatory. After going through Kakkad’s submissions, Judge Laddhad said, “Kakkad has put specific material and came up with the defence of justification.”

The judge perused some of the transcripts and observed: “I do not find them as defamatory per se.”

The court also took note that Khan had not denied Kakkad’s submission that they could not approach their land directly and that they had to enter Khan’s farmhouse and then proceed further.

The judge further noted that Khan had referred to the choicest comments made by the public on the defamatory videos and said, “I have perused the aforesaid comments in which certain words were used.” Further the judge said that Khan, however, “has not explained these innuendos in his plaint that he has been referred to by these names.”

“I find Kakkad’s plea of justification is more probable than the prima facie case of Khan,” the court concluded.

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