Mumbai Court rejects Salman Khan’s plea against neighbour

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A Mumbai court on Wednesday rejected a notice of motion Tiled by Salman Khan seeking a gag order to restrain his NRI neighbor from the US, Ketan R. Kakkad from posting any content on social media.

In the notice of motion, Salman had sought an injunction barring Kakkad from posting or uploading any content about the alleged violations of laws being committed at the actor’s 100-acre farmhouse in Panvel, Raigad.

Sessions Judge A. H. Laddhad heard the lawyers of both sides at length at the online and in-person hearings for nearly two months and passed the much-awaited order on Wednesday. Kakkad’s legal team comprised Abha Singh, Aditya Pratap of Aditya Pratap Law Offices, and Salman’s battery of lawyers including P. D. Ghandy and D.S.K. Legal argued over the matter for several weeks.

Singh and Pratap raised the plea of justification, submitting that there was “substantial truth” in the allegations leveled by Kakkad pointing out how Salman had carried out substantial constructions on his Panel farmhouse which falls within the Matheran Eco-Sensitive Zone Notification.

In mid-January, a massive row erupted between the two neighbors Salman and Kakkad – over the latter’s social media comments, sparking huge controversies in Bollywood and political circles – as reported by LANS in “Retired NRI, ‘Dabangg’ neighbor Salman Khan lock horns” (January 16). Salman hit back with a civil defamation suit against Kakkad and dragged in Google YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other social platform content creators as parties and also sought a gag order to restrain his neighbor from posting objectionable statements