Selectively targeted by MJ Akbar to halt 'avalanche of allegations' against him, Priya Ramani tells Delhi court
The journalist's lawyer, Rebecca John, told the court that over 14 women accused Akbar of sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement but he has filed a complaint only against Ramani
New Delhi: Journalist Priya Ramani told a Delhi court on Monday that she was “targeted selectively” through a criminal defamation complaint by former Union minister MJ Akbar “to halt the avalanche of allegations of sexual misconduct" against him following the #MeToo movement in 2018.
Ramani made the submission before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja through her lawyer during the final hearing in the complaint filed by Akbar against her.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Ramani in 2018 accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. Akbar resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.
Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Ramani, told the court on Monday that over 14 women accused Akbar of sexual harassment in the wake of the #MeToo movement but he has filed a complaint only against Ramani.
“Priya Ramani was targeted selectively... Either everyone''s articles and tweets are defamatory or none is. Or are the other allegations accepted,” John asked.
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Ramani's advocate also submitted that Akbar ignored the allegations made by 20 other women and pretended that only Ramani's statement defamed him
Akbar, a former Union minister, had filed the case against Ramani in October 2018 for "defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct"
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