The Editor's Guild has also suspended the membership of senior journalist Tarun Tejpal who is facing a trial in a rape case, besides writing to Gautam Adhikari over the allegations of sexual hrassment against him.
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17, had filed a private criminal defamation complaint in the court against Ramani after his name cropped up on the social media when he was in Nigeria, as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.
The guild had earlier directed Akbar to withdraw the defamation case he had filed against journalist Priya Ramani, who was one of the first women to openly name the former minister.
The journalist said that she has worked with Akbar for 20 years and had not heard anything "untoward" from the staff of the organisation where they worked together.
Former Union Minister M J Akbar on Friday denied allegations of rape by US-based journalist and said it was a "consensual relationship".
Pallavi Gogoi, a US-based journalist on Thursday accused Akbar of raping her years ago when she worked with the Asian Age.
Pallavi Gogoi, now chief business editor for NPR, wrote in The Washington Post that Akbar had raped her when she had worked under him as a 23-year-old at Asian Age.
Akbar on October 15 filed a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani for her allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had last week demanded a law to enable construction of the Ram temple, saying it was necessary for the "self-esteem" (of the people) and to usher in an "atmosphere of goodwill and oneness".
The court has fixed the matter for recording Akbar's statement on October 31 and after being satisfied it may issue notice to Ramani for appearing and facing the trial in the defamation complaint.
Actress Radhika Apte said she will support sexual harassment survivors, who are calling out their alleged tormentors under the #MeToo campaign
Akbar on Wednesday tendered his resignation as Minister of State for External Affairs.
MJ Akbar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by several women journalists, resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs
Many journalists from multiple media platforms have come forward with their stories of harassment against veteran journalist MJ Akbar under the social media campaign '#MeToo' against sexual misconduct.
Akbar, however, has denied the allegations and on Monday filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani.
The Congress chief's remarks came in the wake of over a dozen journalists naming Akbar for sexual harassment and molestation during his long stint as editor of various publications.
Ramani in her statement also said that Akbar has paid "no heed to the trauma and fear of survivors or the courage to speak truth to power."
The Minister of State of External Affairs had Sunday rejected the allegations as "false, fabricated and deeply distressing" and said he was taking appropriate legal action against the accusers.
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