In the Sushant Singh Rajput death case, the Hindustan Times reported, Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar served a defamation notice to a YouTuber from Bihar, claiming 5 billion (INR 500 crore) in damages for making false and baseless allegations” against him.
Kumar alleged in the legal notice submitted by a law firm on November 17 that Rashid Siddiquee had posted many defamatory, libellous and insulting videos against him on his YouTube channel, FF News.
“Our client (Akshay Kumar) states that he has suffered mental trauma, agony and enormous loss due to your (Siddiquee’s) scandalous, defamatory and derogatory videos, including loss of reputation and goodwill, which our client quantifies at INR500 crore,” the note said.
The said videos make many baseless and unfounded accusations against our client (Kumar), alleging that he helped (actor) Rhea Chakraborty abscond to Canada, had private meetings to address the death case of Sushant Singh Rajput and so on with (Maharashtra minister) Aaditya Thackeray and the Mumbai police commissioner, it said.
The law firm added in the note, “These videos are false, baseless, and defamatory and have been deliberately published to mislead the public.” “Because of these false, scandalous and derogatory videos, our client is outraged and absolutely outraged at the public embarrassment, discomfort and anxiety he had to face,” the note added .
Siddiquee was requested by the actor to print an unconditional apology, to take down all the videos where comparisons were made to him and to refrain from posting those clips in the future. The notice ensures that if Siddiquee fails to respond within a span of three days, the actor will begin litigation against the actor.
Siddiquee was filed separately by the Mumbai Police on charges of slander, public mischief and malicious insult for his positions against the city police, the government of Maharashtra and Minister Aaditya Thackeray.
Rajput was found dead on June 14 in his suburban Bandra flat. Chakraborty, the widow of the late star, was arrested by the NCB in a drug case connected to Rajput’s murder. She’s out on parole now.