Bollywood actor Salman Khan told the Bombay High Court on Friday that the videos uploaded about him on social media by his Panvel farm neighbor Ketan Kakkad were not only defamatory in nature but also communally provocative.
A single court, CV Bhadang, heard an appeal filed by Mr Khan against a March 2022 civil court order refusing to grant him exemption in a libel suit he filed against Mr Kakkad.
The charges were brought against Mr Kakkad in relation to videos he uploaded on social media about the actor’s alleged activities on his farm in Panvel.
Mr Khan had asked the court to order Kakkad to remove the defamatory videos and also to stop making any further such comments.
When the civil court refused to issue such an order, the actor went to court.
On Friday, Khan’s counsel, Ravi Kadam, argued that the civil court erred in its denial of the ban.
“The videos uploaded by Kakkad are cheerfully speculative. They were not only defamatory but also collectively provoked viewers against Salman Khan,” said Kadam.
While reading the scripts of the videos, Mr Kadam said Salman Khan’s neighbor Mr Kakkad had spoken about how Mr Khan, who is a member of a minority community, tried to usurp a Ganesha temple (in Panvel at his farm).
“In the video, the accused (Kakkad) compares Salman Khan to Babar and Aurangazeb. He (Kakkad) says it took 500 years for the Ayodhya Mandir (temple) to come up and here Salman Khan is trying to close a Ganesha temple”, said Mr Kadam.
“These videos are watched by thousands of viewers who then post their comments against Salman Khan. This clearly provokes the viewers against Salman. The videos communicated everything and made it Hindu versus Muslim,” the senior counsel argued.
Kakkad also made several comments claiming that Salman Khan was a member of the underworld gang don Dawood Ibrahim, he added.
“Kakkad has alleged that Salman is trading drug trafficking, organ trafficking and child trafficking from his farm,” Kadam said.
After hearing the brief arguments in the case, the bank placed the case for further hearing on August 22.
Kakkad had alleged in the lower court through his lawyers Abha Singh and Aditya Singh that the actor had filed a defamation charge to pressure him to give up his country.
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