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Delhi Court grants bail to Priya Ramani in defamation case by M J Akbar
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Delhi Court grants bail to Priya Ramani in defamation case by M J Akbar

New Delhi Feb 25 : A Delhi Court on Monday granted bail to journalist Priya Ramani in a defamation case filed by former Union Minister M J Akbar.

Akbar through his defamation complaint alleged that Ramani had damaged his reputation by levelling “false, wild and baseless allegations”.

Earlier, Ramani, a journalist who was a colleague of MJ Akbar long back, has accused of sexual misconduct by Akbar around 20 years ago while Akbar has denied the allegations. In this matter Ramani has alleged that during the time as an editor Akbar has committed sexual misconduct and due to the allegations Akbar resigned from the Union Cabinet on October 17, 2018 after returning from a tour of Africa.

A United States journalist also accused Akbar of sexual harassment by claiming that she was assaulted at a Jaipur hotel over 23 years ago. It was followed by instances of “sexual, verbal and emotional” defilement but Akbar responded that theirs was a consensual affair.

After hearing the allegations Akbar was suspended from the membership of The Editors Guild of India in the month of December until the defamation case he had filed against Ms Ramani came to its logical conclusion.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal after hearing the submission on behalf of Akbar, on January 29 this year issued the direction to Ramani to appear before the court.

Mr Vishal after hearing the matter directed to Ramani to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 10,000 and adjourned the matter for April 10 for further hearing. (UNI)