India: Actor Kangana Ranaut could be sent an arrest warrant from the court if she fails to be present during the next hearing in the defamation case filed by lyricist-writer Javed Akhtar. A report in Indian Express mentioned that Kangana has not been present in the last eight hearings and in the previous hearing, Akhtar’s lawyer Jay Bhanushali sought a warrant against her.
On Tuesday, a metropolitan magistrate’s court granted exemption from appearance to Kangana and clearly stated that it would issue an arrest warrant if she remains absent the next time. However, the actor’s lawyer, Rizwan Siddiqui, told the court that Kangana has been showing ‘COVID-like’ symptoms due to which she has been advised to rest. He said that they are due to conduct a COVID test on Kangana and the reports will be submitted in the court if it turns out to be positive. “She has been travelling continuously to promote her film and meeting a lot of people. She is ill probably because of that. She has to undergo a Covid-19 test. I am seeking a short date,” Siddiqui told the court.