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HC Notice To Journalist Ramani On MJ Akbar’s Appeal Against Her Acquittal In Defamation Case

The case had been filed by Akbar over Ramani’s allegations of sexual harassment.

HC Notice To Journalist Ramani On MJ Akbar’s Appeal Against Her Acquittal In Defamation Case
Delhi HC issues notice to journalist Ramani over MJ Akbar's plea. (File photo)
HC Notice To Journalist Ramani On MJ Akbar’s Appeal Against Her Acquittal In Defamation Case
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2021-08-11T15:15:08+05:30

The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to journalist Priya Ramani in a case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against trial court order in which the former was acquitted in the criminal defamation case.

The case had been filed by Akbar over Ramani’s allegations of sexual harassment.

Justice Mukta Gupta issued notice to Ramani in the appeal and listed it for further hearing on January 13.

Senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, contended that the trial court erroneously acquitted Ramani in spite of concluding that her allegations were defamatory in nature.

“He (trial court judge) says defamation is made out. Case is under Section 499 IPC. He finds it defamatory. Judgement should have concluded after this finding is returned,” Nayar submitted.

The court responded that finding any content defamatory is the “first step” in the proceedings, after which the trial court has to consider the defense of the accused.

“The trial court says per se they are defamatory and but in the context of which she made the allegations, there was a valid defense,” the judge stated.

Senior counsel Luthra contended that the trial court handed out the verdict without considering any objections raised during the trial.

“Nothing is decided. The (trial) court went on to decide about Ram and Ravan. Objections are not decided or looked into,” she said.

Akbar has challenged the trial court's February 17 order acquitting Ramani in the case on grounds that a woman has the right to put grievances before any platform of her choice even after decades.

The trial court had dismissed the complaint filed by Akbar, saying no charges were proved against Ramani.

It had said it was of the considered view that the case of Akbar regarding commission of offence punishable under Section 500 (punishment for the offence of defamation) IPC against Ramani is not proved and she is acquitted for the same.

The court had said it was shameful that crimes against women are taking place in a country where mega epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana were written about respecting them.

The glass ceiling will not prevent Indian women as a roadblock in advancement in society of equal opportunities, it had said.

In the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2018, Ramani had made allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar when he was a journalist and she was working under him some 20 years ago.

Akbar had filed the complaint against Ramani on October 15, 2018 for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago.

He resigned as a Union minister on October 17, 2018. (With PTI inputs)

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