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MJ Akbar vs Priya Ramani defamation case: Both parties refuse any settlement, after final arguments were heard afresh in court docket


Dilapidated minister M J Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani on 24 November refused any settlement between them in a criminal defamation criticism filed by him in opposition to her.

Senior suggest Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, stated that if Ramani became as soon as apologetic for her allegations, she would seek files from of him to aid in thoughts closing the criticism.

Additionally read on Firstpost: ‘Factually fallacious, mala fide’: MJ Akbar’s attorney Geeta Luthra affords rejoinder in defamation suit in opposition to Priya Ramani

Ramani’s counsel, Bhavook Chauhan, stated however that she stood by her assertion and if Akbar wished to withdraw the criticism, he would possibly maybe also attain so.

“Did the counsel (for both the parties) beget an opportunity to direct or are the doors shut,” the court docket sought to know on Tuesday.

Ramani’s suggest answered in antagonistic. “No, our stand is glaring. Ramani stands by her assertion. If the complainant wants to withdraw, then he would possibly maybe also sigh it on report”.

Luthra, however stated, “I’ve long gone on with my matter. If the accused became as soon as apologetic… If there would possibly maybe be any indication from them (accused and her counsel) I will seek files from of my briefing counsel.”

Briefing counsels are hyperlink between the patron and a ”senior suggest”.

After the submission on behalf of Ramani, Akbar’s counsel stated, “Let’s proceed on merits.”

Akbar had filed the criticism in opposition to Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct round 20 years ago when he became as soon as a journalist.

Ramani had stated the allegations in opposition to Akbar, made in the wake of #MeToo circulate in 2018, were her truth and were made in public genuine.

Further Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Ravindra Kumar Pandey, who began hearing afresh the closing arguments in the case, had on Saturday asked both the parties whether there became as soon as an opportunity of settlement between them in the matter.

ACMM Pandey began hearing afresh the closing arguments in the case for the rationale that old judge hearing the matter became as soon as transferred to yet every other court docket final week.

All the way in which by the hearing, Luthra informed the court docket about the case and Akbar’s assertion recorded earlier.

She furthermore informed the court docket about the statements recorded by the witnesses appearing for Akbar earlier.

The court docket will absorb the matter on 2 December.

Akbar had filed the criminal defamation criticism in opposition to Ramani on 15 October, 2018. He had resigned as Union minister on 17 October, 2018.

Akbar had earlier suggested the court docket that Ramani had defamed him by the usage of adjectives equivalent to ”media’s most fascinating predator” that harmed his reputation.

Akbar has denied the total allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to the girls who got right here forward in some unspecified time in the future of #MeToo campaign in opposition to him.

Over 20 girls got right here up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by Akbar him whereas they were working as journalists underneath him.

He termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and stated he became as soon as taking acceptable well well-behaved circulate in opposition to them.

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