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MJ Akbar Defamation Case: Court Reserves Order On Weather To Summon Priya Ramani As Accused

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| January 22 , 2019 , 17:02 IST

Delhi's Patiala House Court on Tuesday reserved for January 29 its order on whether to summon journalist Priya Ramani, against whom former union minister MJ Akbar had filed a defamation case for leveling sexual harassment charges against him.

Priya Ramani was one of the first to come forward about Akbar's harassment. In all 20 women accused Akbar of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior when he worked as a newspaper editor of The Asian Age.

However, he had termed the allegations "false, fabricated and deeply distressing" and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal reserved the order after listening to arguments from Akbar’s lawyer, who said a prima facie case was made out against Ramani.

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Akbar had sued Ramani, seeking her prosecution under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC for defamation. On October 17 last year, Akbar had stepped down as Minister of State for External Affairs.

The court had on January 11 recorded the statements of three more witnesses Tapan Chaki, Manjar Ali and Rachna Grover in support of the case filed by Akbar. They said they were extremely "distressed and dismayed" as grave damage has been caused to his reputation due to the allegations.