The noted poet-lyricist has received death threats through SMSes and e-mails, say media reports. Akhtar is expected to speak to the Mumbai police commission on the matter on Saturday, May 15.
The death threats were fuelled Akhtar's statements against the recent fatwa against working women issued by Deoband seminary.
The Darul Uloom, Deoband decreed that working women should cover themselves up at work
places and forbade them from talking to male colleagues.
Besides this, India's largest Sunni Muslim seminary also said that it was 'haram' (sin) for the family to receive money from a working woman.
The fatwa prompted critical reactions from several sections of the society including women activists and liberal thinkers.
In his response to the controversial fatwa, Akhtar had termed the decree 'insane'.