The Mumbai City Civil Court on Friday refused to pass any interim restraining order in favour of actor Salman Khan, who has sued a neighbour for alleged defamation. The Bollywood superstar has filed a civil suit alleging that Ketan Kakkad, who owns a plot of land near the actor's farmhouse in Panvel, near Mumbai, defamed him during an interview with a YouTube channel.
On January 21, Judge Anil H. Laddhad directed Kakkad to file his reply and posted the matter for further hearing.
Lawyers from DSK Legal, which represents Khan, sought an interim injunction (order) restraining Kakkad from making any further defamatory statements during the pendency of the suit. senior counsel Amit Desai, who appeared on behalf of DSK Legal and actor Salman Khan, told Bar & Bench that the civil court refused to pass any interim injunction in favour of Salman because Kakkad had filed his reply at the last hearing.
But Kakkad's lawyers Abha Singh and Aditya Pratap opposed the prayer, saying they received case papers only on Thursday evening and could not go through the entire suit.
Advocate Singh also said there was no urgency and if Khan had waited for a month to file the suit, then Kakkad should get some time to file a reply.
Judge Laddhad then adjourned the hearing.
Khan, who lives in suburban Bandra in Mumbai, owns a farmhouse in Panvel in neighbouring Raigad district.
Kakkad, also a Mumbai resident, owns a plot on a hill next to Khan's farmhouse.