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Priya Ramani Labelled Me As Sexual Predator ‘Without Any Basis’: MJ Akbar To Delhi HC

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New Delhi: Former union minister MJ Akbar on Monday told a court in New Delhi that journalist Priya Ramani called him “media’s biggest sexual predator” without any investigation or basis.
Akbar made the submission through senior advocate Geeta Luthra during the final hearing in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against Ms Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct 20 years back.
Ramani had made allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018.
Luthra referred to Ramani’s tweet which accued Mr Akbar of being media’s biggest sexual predator.
“If we look at what has been said, a conclusion is drawn that this is a predator. On what basis? All these averments (in the article) are based without any investigation or basis,” she submitted before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar.
She further read Ramani’s “premature tweet” on Akbar’s resignation. “This had further tweets. In my (Akbar) cross examination I asked if this was not correct. He resigned later is wholly immaterial. This shows malafide, maliciousness.
“This is trial outside the court. Due process is in a court of law. One cannot become law onto oneself. This (the tweet) was incorrect,” she said.
The senior advocate further accused Ramani of not telling the truth before the court.
“I asked did you issue any corrigendum. She said yes. I said show. She said I would show on the next date. This was not necessary. She knew she had not issued any corrigendum.
“She says her defense is truth but she knows it is not the truth. Only in cross examination she says it was not the truth. It shows her credibility as a witness,” Luthra said.
Over 20 women came up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by Akbar while they were working as journalists under him.
He termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.

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