His YouTube channel grew immensely in the last few months
Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar has served a defamation lawsuit to a YouTuber who named him in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
The actor filed a Rs. 500 crore (£50 million) defamation suit against YouTuber Rashid Siddiqui who has previously been arrested by the police for spreading fake news.
Siddiqui was previously arrested for dragging the name of Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his son Aaditya Thackeray in the Sushant Singh Rajput case as well.
Through his videos, Siddiqui reportedly maligned the image of Mumbai Police and made videos on various conspiracy theories in the late actor’s death case.
He also named Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in several videos and levelled various allegations against him, leading to the defamation lawsuit.
As per the report, Siddiqui alleged in his YouTube videos that Akshay helped Rhea Chakraborty (Sushant’s girlfriend) escape to Canada.
He also alleged that the Bollywood actor had secret talks with Uddhav and Aaditya about SSR’s death.
The YouTuber also claimed that the actor was unhappy with Sushant bagging MS Dhoni: The Untold Story.
Siddiqui had earned over Rs. 15 lakh (£15,000) in four months for his content on the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.
The 25-year-old is a civil engineer from Bihar and owns a YouTube channel titled FF News.
His YouTube channel grew immensely in the last few months from 1,000 to over 3,700 subscribers due to the controversial content he peddles to the masses.
After one advocate, Dharmendra Mishra of the Shiv Sena’s legal cell, filed a case against the YouTuber, the police came into action.
They discovered that he used the SSR death case to increase his followers and earn more money while spreading fake news.
The police have filed a case on charges of defamation, public mischief and intentional insult in addition to Akshay Kumar’s defamation lawsuit against the Youtuber.
A senior IPS officer said that Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was used by several people to make money:
“The actor’s death was used as an opportunity to earn money as people were curious about the case.”
“Once the media started reporting different theories, YouTubers too grabbed the opportunity and started posting fake content.
“They maligned Mumbai police’s image and earned money during the lockdown.”
The court has granted Siddiqui anticipatory bail and asked him to cooperate with the police in the investigation.