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MJ Akbar Defamation Case Against Priya Ramani: Delhi Court Fix Jan 22 For Further Hearing

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| January 11 , 2019 , 12:55 IST

Delhi's Patiala House Court had fixed January 22 for further hearing in the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani who had accused him of sexual harassment during his stint as the editor of The Asian Age in the 90s, news agency ANI reported on Friday.

Three more witnesses recorded their statements today in the case of criminal defamation. A total of seven witnesses have been deposed before the Court, including Akbar himself.

Akbar had resigned as a Union minister on October 17 last year after Ramani, through an article published in lifestyle magazine Vogue India, had leveled the charges without naming him. On October 8, the journalist first named the editor-turned politician in a Twitter post.

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 was not present at the hearing which happened on October 19 and was represented by his counsel senior advocate Geeta Luthra and advocate Sandeep Kapur. During the brief hearing, Luthra submitted that Akbar’s “reputation has been tarnished” by the tweets by “Ramani which have been read by family, friends, and associates.”

“He has received a number of calls from different spheres…enquiring of the allegations, causing irreparable loss to the reputation he has built in the last 40 years,” Luthra told the court.

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