Bollywood actor Salman Khan has filed an appeal in the Bombay High Court against the Sessions Court's earlier order which refused to pass a restraining order against his Panvel farmhouse neighbour NRI Ketan Kakkar. As per the report of PTI, In his plea before the High Court, Salman said that Ketan had made several social media posts against him which were defamatory in nature. He added that Ketan's posts are not only defamatory and derogatory against him but also communally biased and create a communal divide. The matter will be heard by a single judge bench of Bombay HC, of Justice CV Bhadang, on August 22. Salman, in his complaint, contended that, in fact, the defendants are inciting communal violence and Hindu-Muslim hatred by making provocative, baseless and false statements based on religion, which are absolutely irrelevant and absurd.
Earlier in January 2022, Salman Khan filed a legal defamation suit against Ketan Kakkad, who is his Panvel farmhouse neighbour. According to the actor, the neighbour defamed him in an interview on YouTube. According to the report, the two other people who were also part of the interview have made a party in the suit. Media companies like Google, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook were also made parties as Salman Khan wants them to remove or block the defamatory content against him on their sites.
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In March, the Sessions Court refused to pass an injunction order against Ketan in the defamation case filed by Salman for the former`s social media posts. The verdict of Sessions Court Judge AH Laddhad was pronounced on March 23, the detailed order of which came later.
The verdict noted that Ketan had placed on record evidence like complaints and show-cause notices to Salman about the allegations of encroachments by the actor in his Panvel property, the 100-acre farm, in the public interest as a "whistle-blower".Notably, Kakkar has claimed that in or around 1995, he and his wife had acquired/ purchased a certain plot of land near Salman`s farmhouse, for constructing a house, ashram, temple, etc.
Kakkar also claimed that the plot of land allotted to him was allegedly cancelled by the Maharashtra forest department at the behest and in collusion with Khan and also said that the entry and exit to his plot of land were illegally acquired and blocked by constructing a gate. He also claimed that he had constructed an eco-friendly Ganesh Temple, access to the same also was allegedly blocked and the said temple is grabbed/usurped by Salman`s family.