MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani case: Harm done by the person who ignites the flame first, former Union Minister's legal counsel tells the court
Akbar's legal representative Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra said there was no public interest in Ramani's allegation. "It is vindictive and actuated out of malice. The fact is you can just spoil a person's reputation."
MJ Akbar's counsel says Priya Ramani did not follow due process of law: 'Cannot raise awareness by maligning someone'
Referring to the cross-examination conducted by Ramani's lawyer Rebecca John, Luthra said the journalist did not have statements, witnesses or material evidence to back her allegations.
Senior Advocate Luthra labelled Ramani’s statements against Akbar “baseless” and “factually inaccurate”.
Priya Ramani says MJ Akbar didn't approach court 'with clean hands', as final arguments in #MeToo case wrap up
Ramani's advocate also submitted that Akbar ignored the allegations made by 20 other women and pretended that only Ramani's statement defamed him
Ramani has said that her allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar, made in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018, were "her truth" and were made in the public good
MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani defamation case: Both parties refuse any settlement, after final arguments were heard afresh in court
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Ravindra Kumar Pandey, who started hearing afresh the final arguments in the case, had on Saturday asked both the parties whether there was a chance of settlement between them in the matter.
The court asked both the parties to respond on the point of settlement and get back on 24 November, the next date of hearing
MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani defamation case: Presiding judge transferred after Delhi HC issued new posting notifications
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja's name is among 215 judicial officers who were transferred and posted with immediate effect by a notification issued by the high court on Wednesday.
'Factually incorrect, mala fide': MJ Akbar's lawyer Geeta Luthra presents rejoinder in defamation suit against Priya Ramani
In her arguments, she stressed mainly on proving Akbar's "impeccable reputation". "Calling a person a predator is per se defamatory," Luthra pointed out referring to Priya Ramani's 2017 Vogue article.
MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani: District judge sends defamation case back to Rouse Avenue Court magistrate
The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, who heard the case for two years, had sought a transfer of the matter on the ground that his court was designated to hear cases against lawmakers
MJ Akbar versus Priya Ramani: Delhi court to pass order on transfer of defamation suit on 22 October
Principal District and Sessions Judge Sujata Kohli pointed out that if it is found that the magisterial court trying the matter did not have jurisdiction, the entire trial, and not just the final argument, gets vitiated
After hearing case for two years, court seeks transfer of MJ Akbar's defamation suit against Priya Ramani
The magistrate said since this case was not filed against an MP/MLA, he was marking the matter to the principal district and sessions judge to consider re-assigning it to another metropolitan magistrate
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
Ramani on Tuesday said she felt compelled to speak after seeing women who shared their experiences of having experienced inappropriate behaviour.
Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Ramani, told the court that as per law it is not defamation to impute anything which is true concerning any person if it is for the public good
MJ Akbar defamation case: Ex-minister accuses Priya Ramani of knowingly tarnishing his reputation; next hearing on 17 March
Former Union minister MJ Akbar told a Delhi court on saturday that journalist Priya Ramani had defamed him with full knowledge that her actions would harm his reputation
MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Defense counsel team's conduct at recent hearing proves women battle patriarchy in courtrooms too
Geeta Luthra and her team, who are representing MJ Akbar in his defamation case against Priya Ramani, reportedly mocked Ghazala Wahab when she testified against Akbar and detailed the harassment she faced at his hands. Ironically, during the early days of the trial, Luthra had protested against murmurs or laughs that erupted when Akbar made his statement.
MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Journalist Ghazala Wahab denies of acting in malice against the former Union Minister
Journalist and author Ghazala Wahab denied a suggestion from advocate Geeta Luthra, Akbar's counsel, which said that she had maliciously concocted a fictional story about her sexual harassment to malign the reputation of Akbar.
MJ Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Journalist Ghazala Wahab gives statement in court; recounts harassment at Asian Age by the former Union Minister
Journalist and author Ghazala Wahab appeared before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja on 10 December regarding the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani who had accused him of sexual harassment in 2018.
MJ Akbar defamation case: Details of the interview were 'bizarre and inappropriate', Priya Ramani's witness tells the court
At the latest hearing of the defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani, on 25 October, Ramani's witness Niloufer Venkatraman gave her statement before the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal