Salman Khan judge to retire, hearing to start afresh | Hindi Movie News

MUMBAI: Justice C V Bhadang of the Bombay high court on Thursday — the penultimate day before his retirement — said he was unable to complete a judgment despite his best efforts in an appeal filed by actor Salman Khan against a city civil court order in his defamation suit against his Panvel farmhouse neighbour, Ketan Kakkad, and others. The judge declared the matter “not heard”, meaning the appeal will have to be heard afresh by the bench that has now been assigned the matter, said Kakkad’s counsel Aditya Pratap.

On October 11, before the Diwali vacation, the judge had concluded the hearing and reserved the appeal for judgment, which was scheduled to be pronounced on Thursday. Justice Bhadang in his order said, “However, in spite of best efforts and as the matter was heard at some length and the record comprises several volumes, it was not possible to finalise the judgment, with only a day left at my disposal. In such circumstances, the appeal be treated as not heard.” He posted the matter next to November 14.

Pratap said he had attended the Thursday hearing online where Justice Bhadang said, “I tried my level best till last evening also.” He said “unfortunately” he was held up because of administrative and other work, and also due to vacation. He said he understood the “apprehension” of parties and he would have liked to have decided the case.

The actor had moved the HC in April after he got no relief in his plea to restrain Kakkad, a US citizen, from posting any “defamatory and disparaging allegations in videos” about him (Khan) and his family. The appeal was listed on 11 dates prior and heard at length.

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