It seems like Javed Akhtar has been making trips to the court quite often during the past month. The poet received issuance of a show-cause notice from the Thane court on Monday on the defamation suit filed against him for comparing the RSS to the Taliban. This suit was filed after Akhtar sat down with a news channel earlier this month, where he made the following statement, ‘The Taliban want an Islamic country. These people want to make a Hindu Rashtra‘. Upon hearing this statement, RSS activist Vivek Champanerkar in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate and joint civil judge (senior division), seeking Rs 1 as compensation from Akhtar. The court ordered the issuance of the notice returnable on the 12th of November.
The complainant was represented by advocate Aditya Mishra who argued that the statement made by Akhtar were ‘deragotary‘ and ‘drawing a parallel between barbaric Taliban and organizations working for the Hindu cause‘. However, in the petition filed, Champanerkar said the statements made by the defendant were aimed at belittling the RSS’s image in the eyes of the common public.