Defamation case: Jolly LLB-2 team to appear before trial court today

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 22 (ANI): The team of Bollywood movie 'Jolly LLB-2' will, on Wednesday, appear before the trial court, after the Delhi High Court yesterday refused to stay the summons on Akshay, Annu Kapoor and director Subhash Kapoor, amongst others. Justice Mukta Gupta, refusing to stay summons, issued notice to the Delhi Police and sought its response by 30 March. 'Jolly LLB 2' has been slapped with a defamation case by the shoe company Bata for using derogatory remarks and defamatory reference to the brand in the movie. The trial court on February 8, had issued summons to 'Jolly LLB 2' producer Fox Star Studios India Private Limited, executive producer Naren Kumar, Subhash, Annu and Akshay, and others asking them to appear in court on 22 February in a defamation case filed by Bata shoe company. The High Court refused to stay the summons saying only Fox Star has come before it, whereas the others have not, and the company can appear before the trial court through an authorised representative. The brand Bata has been deliberately shown in an extremely bad taste and the dialogue was intended to convey that Bata footwear is worn only by the lower strata of society and one should feel humiliated if one wears Bata footwear, the company said in its plea. The trial court had found prima facie offence under sections 500 (defamation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code, which are made out against the accused and said there were sufficient grounds to proceed against them. (ANI)