The additional chief metropolitan magistrate court here has held that the Andheri metropolitan magistrate, which is presiding over the defamation case filed by lyricist Javed Akhtar against Kangana Ranaut, has acted “judiciously” and did not show any bias against the actor.
Just because the court proceeds with the case by following the procedure of law, it does not mean that it is biased against the applicant, additional chief metropolitan magistrate ST Dande said in her order in which she rejected Ranaut’s plea that sought transfer of the case to some other court.
The additional chief metropolitan magistrate had rejected Ranaut’s petition on October 21, but its detailed order was made available on Saturday.
However, Dande, in her order, ruled that the metropolitan magistrate, 10th court, Andheri, had given a fair opportunity to the accused to remain absent by granting all her exemption applications.
“I have perused all the orders passed by the Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri. He has passed the orders judiciously,” she said.
Moreover, the order passed by the Andheri court was confirmed by the sessions court. Further, the high court had dismissed Ranaut’s plea seeking quashing of the criminal defamation proceedings initiated against her by the magistrate, the court said.
“Merely because the court proceeds with the case by following the procedure of law, it does not mean that court is biased against the applicant/accused,” it added.