Soundless Delhi: Journalist Priya Ramani on Friday alleged sooner than a Delhi court docket that worn Union minister MJ Akbar did not methodology the court docket with neat fingers in his criminal defamation complaint against her.
Senior advocate Rebecca John, representing Ramani, made the submission as she concluded the closing argument on her behalf in the complaint filed by Akbar against her for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct 20 years again.
She stated Ramani’s allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar, made in the wake of #MeToo whisk in 2018, had been her truth and had been made in public appropriate.
“An particular individual that used to be a senior editor and a minister at the 2d, used to be there no duty on him to teach that there were various allegations against him, that Priya Ramani used to be now not an isolated incident. It appears to be like rather than Ramani, no one else had made any allegations against Akbar. By then Ghazala Wahab had written about her skills. At the least 15 ladies had spoken up on Twitter,” she suggested Extra Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Ravindra Kumar.
Akbar has denied the total allegations of sexual harassment against the ladies who came forward in the future of #MeToo advertising campaign against him.
Over 20 ladies came up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by Akbar him whereas they had been working as journalists beneath him.
He termed the allegations unfaithful, fabricated and deeply distressing and stated he used to be taking acceptable authorized action against them.
John stated, “The failure of Akbar in bringing up the allegations by various ladies, and pretending that simplest Ramani’s dispute defamed him… (reveals) Akbar has now not advance to the court docket with neat fingers and played a fraud on the court docket.”
She stated Ramani used to be now not the principle to tweet against Akbar.
“Several ladies had tweeted. Ghazala Wahab tweeted two days sooner than. Shunali Khullar Shroff and Prerna Singh Bhindra tweeted sooner than her.
There used to be no pre deliberate conspiracy on half of Ramani or any various girl. All these ladies did not know every various,” she stated.
She stated the ladies who made allegations had been consultants of excessive standing and reputation and that there used to be nothing to counsel falsehood or ulterior motive.
“Some ladies had worse skills than Priya Ramani. Why used to be Ramani singled out in this type? This creates a doubt on the credibility of the Complainant. To relate that Ramani and various ladies safe lied for no obvious cause is past logic,” she added.
She added that these ladies did not know every various.
“Whereas comparatively plenty of onus is attach on me (Ramani) for being stunning. Have to not the complainant safe the identical accountability? He’s going to must safe stated that various ladies safe made allegations which are also unfaithful. No longer having mentioned such serious allegations and singling out Priya Ramani, Akbar is responsible of concealing cloth particulars… A litigant must methodology the court docket with neat fingers,” she stated.
She also stated that even supposing it used to be now not a case of complainant concealing previous conviction, Akbar will must safe disclosed that he used to be held responsible of contempt by Delhi High Court docket.
John pleaded that Ramani be acquitted as she concluded the closing argument of accused’s behalf. The court docket will additional hear the matter on 22 December.
Ramani had earlier stated her allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar had been her truth and had been made in public appropriate. Ramani disputed Akbar’s claims of having a stellar reputation that had been tarnished by her allegation.
Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in 15 October, 2018. He resigned as Union minister on 17 October, 2018.
Akbar had earlier suggested the court docket that Ramani had defamed him by calling him with adjectives much like ‘media’s greatest predator’ that harmed his reputation.