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MJ Akbar's Defamation Case: Delhi Court Issues Summons To Priya Ramani

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| January 29 , 2019 , 15:51 IST

A Delhi court on Tuesday issued summons to journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister MJ Akbar for leveling allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said that “she (Ramani) has been summoned for February 25.” On that day she has to appear in person before the court or she can also challenge her to summon to the higher court.

Reacting to the news, Ramani tweeted:

Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, had said that “because of these articles and tweets (by Ramani), a number of people formed an opinion about me (Akbar) which defamed my reputation.”

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.

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.