M.J. Akbar files defamation suit against journalist Priya Ramani

The former journalist had been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment when he was their boss.

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar on Monday moved a Delhi court against journalist Priya Ramani seeking her prosecution for defaming him by levelling false and defamatory sexual harassment charges.

Mr. Akbar filed a criminal defamation case in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass at the Patiala House courts for her prosecution.

“The present complaint is being preferred against the accused, for defaming and damaging the reputation of the complainant, in terms of Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, by way of tweets, articles etc., published as well as distributed and disseminated at the behest of the accused, in the print media as well as on online platforms such as Vogue magazine, twitter, Firstpost etc. The accused has made false, derogatory and malicious imputations against the complainant,” the complaint said.

It further said that “the accused herself, while putting forward defamatory statements, relating to incidents which allegedly occurred 20 years ago, simultaneously admits that the complainant has not done anything to her.”

“It is pertinent to mention that the conduct of the accused person, of taking any action before any authority, qua the alleged incident against the complainant also clearly belies the sanctity of the article and allegations made by the accused person, which evidently goes on to prove that the said defamatory articles are only a figment of her imagination and are only intended to malign the reputation of the country,” the complaint said.

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