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Journalist Priya Ramani Sued By MJ Akbar, Gets Bail In Criminal Defamation Case

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| February 25 , 2019 , 15:29 IST

Journalist Priya Ramani was granted the bail from Delhi trial court on Monday. Editor-turned-politician MJ Akbar filed a Defamation case against Priya Ramani over her allegation of sexual harassment during the #Metoo movement campaign.

Ms Ramani appeared before the Patiala House Court for the first time after she was summoned by the court.

The journalist was given bail on a surety of Rs. 10,000 and was asked to appear before the court again on April 10.

According to media reports, Ms Ramani said, "The next date when they will frame the charges against me is April 10. After that, it will be my turn to tell my story. The truth is my defense."

She was represented in the court by senior lawyer Rebecca John who pointed to the absence of MJ Akbar in the court.

Lawyer Sandeep Kapur of MJ Akbar said: “We will oppose Ms Ramani's request for exemption from appearance in court and that the politician would appear in court whenever the court wants him to"He will be there in five minutes."

However, Priya Ramani was the first among a number of women who accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct during his time as a media personality, forcing him to resign as the junior foreign minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet on October 17 last year.

Ms Ramani took to Twitter after he resigned "As women, we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar's resignation. I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court."

Whereas, MJ Akbar's legal team had told the court that Priya Ramani damaged his reputation by levelling "false, wild and baseless allegations."

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Among those who accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassment is a United States-based journalist who claims that she was assaulted at a Jaipur hotel over 23 years ago, followed by instances of "sexual, verbal and emotional" defilement. When the former Union Minister insisted that theirs was a consensual affair, she said that a relationship "based on coercion and abuse of power" cannot be couched in such terms.