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YouTuber Rashid Siddiquee opposes Rs 500 cr defamation notice of Akshay Kumar.

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Rashid Siddiquee a YouTuber has opposed the defamation notice issued against him by actor Akshay Kumar in connection with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case and refused to pay ₹500 crore damages sought by the star, claiming there was nothing defamatory in his videos.

Rashid Siddiquee has also urged Akshay Kumar to withdraw the notice, failing which he would initiate “appropriate legal proceedings” against the actor.

Akshay Kumar had on November 17 issued a defamation notice against Rashid Siddiquee seeking ₹ 500 crore in damages for making “false and baseless allegations” against him in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.

Akshay Kumar, in the notice sent through law firm IC Legal, said Rashid Siddiquee in his YouTube channel FF News has published several “defamatory, libelous and derogatory” videos.

Rashid Siddiquee, in his reply sent through his advocate JP Jayswal on Friday, claimed the allegations made by Akshay Kumar were “false, vexatious and oppressive and is raised with an intent to harass him”.

The reply further claimed that every Indian citizen has the fundamental right to freedom of speech.

It added that the content uploaded by Rashid Siddiquee cannot be considered as defamatory and that they are to be treated as viewpoints with objectivity.

“The news reported by Siddiquee was already in the public domain and he (Siddiquee) has placed reliance on other news channels as sources,” the reply stated.

It further questioned the delay in the defamation notice sent and said the videos were uploaded in August 2020.

“The damages of ₹ 500 crore are absurd and unwarranted and are made with the intent to pressurise Siddiquee,” the reply claimed.

Rashid Siddiquee sought Akshay Kumar to withdraw the notice and said if it is not done, he would initiate appropriate legal proceedings.

The YouTuber from Bihar further claimed that the actor was selectively targeting him.

“Akshay Kumar faced severe backlash after interviewing an influential politician, whereby thousands of people have made personal remarks against him on various YouTube videos and websites. Surprisingly, Kumar has not taken any action on the same, however, he has selectively chosen Siddiquee to saddle the blame of defamation,” the reply alleged.

The Mumbai police have also filed a case against Rashid Siddiquee on charges of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult for his posts against Mumbai police, the Maharashtra government and minister Aaditya Thackeray.

Rashid Siddiquee was on November 3 granted anticipatory bail by a local court in Mumbai, which directed him to cooperate in the investigation.

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Akshay Kumar wants to meet birthday boy Sidharth Malhotra for this reason.

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Known for his chocolate boy looks and his terrific performances, Sidharth Malhotra has turned a year older today. The Marjaavaan star is celebrating his birthday today and on the occasion, social media is flooding with wishes for him. The handsome star received many lovely wishes from his colleagues in the industry and now, Akshay Kumar has also sent a lovely yet quirky wish to him on social media. Having shared screen space with Sidharth back in 2014, Akshay had a special demand from the birthday boy.

Taking to his Twitter account, Akshay shared several throwback photos with Sidharth in the same pose. In all the photos, Sidharth and Akshay were seen posing as boxers. Remembering the old days of shooting their film, Brothers, Akshay shared a collage of photos and asked Sidharth to meet him up again to strike a cool pose with him. With it, he sent his good wishes to the handsome Punjabi star on social media. In the past too, Akshay has always rooted for Sidharth and his projects and back in 2019 when Marjaavaan was about to release, Akshay had tweeted for him.

Sharing the tweet, Akshay wrote, “Seems like we need to meet soon to strike a new pose, until then wishing you a power-packed year! Happy birthday brother @SidMalhotra.”

Meanwhile, Rakul Preet Singh and Manoj Bajpayee also began their day by sending heartfelt wishes to Sidharth on his birthday. The actor has been in the news recently due to his two new projects. In one of them, Sidharth will be working with Rakul and Ajay Devgn and is titled Thank God. In another, he will be seen with Rashmika Mandanna. It is titled Mission Majnu.

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