Ex-Union Minister Akbar moves HC against Ramani's acquittal

Ex-Union Minister Akbar moves HC against Ramani's acquittal. Source- TOI

Former Union Minister MJ Akbar has filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani. Akbar has moved the Delhi HC challenging a trial court order acquitting Priya Ramani. The HC is likely to hear his appeal on Thursday.

Journalist Priya Ramani made allegations of sexual harassment against Akbar. She made this allegation in the light of the #MeToo movement in 2018.

Ramani first made the allegations public in an article in Vogue India in 2017. She identified Akbar as the editor during the #MeToo Movement in October 2018.

In May 2019. MJ Akbar denied all the allegations claimed against him. He denied meeting Ramani in a hotel room where he sexually harassed her.

Akbar filed a complaint against Ramani on October 15th of that very year. He claimed that he was being defamed for alleged sexual misconduct that happened decades ago. He resigned as Union Minister on October 17, 2018.

The Former Union Minister has challenged the findings of the court. All these were recorded by the trial court in its order while acquitting Ramani. Justice Mukta Gupta will look over his plea in which he has assailed the trial court order.

The logic of the trial court is being questioned by the ex-minister in his appeal. Even though it admits that the content cited by him is "defamatory in nature".

Ramani's argument that only a part of her article in a magazine referred to the former editor was rejected by the trial court. But, the court has found prima facie merit in her claim. Her claim was that Akbar harassed her. They also noted that a woman can lodge her grievances onto any platform of her choice even her decades.

The complaint filed by Akbar was dismissed. The trial court stated that no charges were proved against Priya Ramani. The court also condemned the fact the incident is shameful. They also noted that in a country where epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana were written, such incidents were becoming so rampant.

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