Delhi Court Takes Cognizance Of MJ Akbar's Defamation Complaint Against Priya Ramani, Hearing On October 31

| October 18 , 2018 , 19:20 IST

Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Thursday took cognizance of the defamation suit filed by MJ Akbar against senior journalist Priya Ramani, who leveled sexual harassment charges against him amidst the ongoing #MeToo campaign.

The defamation complaint filed under sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was heard by the additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal.

The court slated the matter for hearing on October 31. The hearing would be for pre-summoning and examining the complainant and his witnesses. The court also directed the former Minister of State to be present during the hearing in person.

M J Akbar on Monday filed a criminal defamation case in Delhi's Patiala House Court against journalist Priya Ramani who accused him of sexually harassing her, as a part of the ongoing #MeToo movement.

The case was filed against Ramani "seeking her prosecution and conviction, under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, for willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously defaming the Complainant, on wholly and completely false, frivolous, unjustifiable and scandalous grounds and thereby, harming the goodwill and reputation of the Complainant, within the political fraternity, media, friends, family, colleagues and in society at large."

Akbar’s Resignation

Mobashar Jawed Akbar resigned from the post of Minister of State for External Affairs on Tuesday following multiple acquisitions of sexual assault.

Penning down his resignation from the post of MoS External Affairs Akbar wrote, "Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me, also in a personal capacity." he said in a statement.

He further added, “I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of minister of state for external affairs. I am deeply grateful to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and to the external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country.”