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A Delhi courtroom on Tuesday issued summons to journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by way of former Union minister MJ Akbar for levelling allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to him.
She has to seem sooner than the courtroom on 25 February.
MJ Akbar’s defamation case in opposition to journalist Priya Ramani: Delhi’s Patiala Area Courtroom has issued summons to Priya Ramani as an accused. She has to seem sooner than the courtroom on subsequent date of listening to on February 25. pic.twitter.com/oMlJd07PHY
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Further Leader Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Samar Vishal had reserved the order after concluding the arguments from Akbar’s legal professional, who contended that “prima facie” a case was once made out in opposition to Ramani.
Senior suggest Geeta Luthra, showing for Akbar, had stated that “on account of those articles and tweets (by way of Ramani), a variety of other folks shaped opinion about me (Akbar) which defamed my popularity.”
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on 17 October final yr, filed a non-public felony defamation grievance in opposition to Ramani after his title cropped up on social media when he was once in Nigeria because the #MeToo marketing campaign raged on in India.
She had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct round 20 years in the past, which was once denied by way of him.
More than one ladies have pop out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by way of him whilst he was once running as a journalist.
He had termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and stated he was once taking suitable prison motion in opposition to them.
(With PTI inputs)