Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has filed a defamation suit of Rs 500 crores against a YouTuber who brought up his name while spreading fake news.
Akshay has served a Rs 500-crore defamation suit against a YouTuber named Rashid Siddiqui, who brought up his name in the Sushant Singh Rajput case.
Siddiqui was earlier arrested for spreading fake news and dragging the name of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son, minister Aditya Thackeray, in the case.
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar serves defamation notice against Youtuber Rashid Siddique for linking his name to the #SushantSinghRajputcase.
— Bar & Bench (@barandbench) November 19, 2020
The YouTuber used digital media to mislead people allegedly and spread fake news about several celebrities.
He labeled Akshay on numerous occurrences in his videos and grounded various allegations. In one instance, Siddiqui contended that Akshay was disappointed with Sushant getting big films like MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, and alleged that the actor had “secret meetings” with Aditya Thackeray and the Mumbai Police.
— Filmfare (@filmfare) November 19, 2020
It has been reported that Siddiqui, a civil engineer from Bihar, has been accused of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult.
YouTuber Rashid Siddiqui reportedly earned over Rs 15 lakh from spreading #fakenews on his YouTube channel. He also used #AkshayKumar's name and alleged that the actor helped #RheaChakraborty escape to Canada. #SushantSinghRajput @akshaykumar @Tweet2Rhea https://t.co/VuS9VlgeqB
— India.com (@indiacom) November 19, 2020
Siddiqui had also linked Akshay with late actor Sushant’s girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, claiming that the actor helped Rhea to escape to Canada. It is believed that Siddiqui earned around Rs 15 lakh in four months and his subscribers also grew from 2 lakh to over 3 lakh.
#AkshayKumar, in the legal notice sent on November 17, said #YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee, in his YouTube channel #FFNews, has uploaded several defamatory, libelous and derogatory videos against him https://t.co/7lTBFFZXlG
— National Herald (@NH_India) November 19, 2020
Sushant was found dead in his apartment on June 14. Mumbai Police initially probed the case and declared that the actor died by suicide.
The case after that has been commandeered by CBI, with the Narcotics Control Bureau and Enforcement Directorate engaging in the investigation.