Ramani, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, however, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
Journalist Priya Ramani was granted bail by a city court on Monday in a defamation case filed against her by former Union minister M J Akbar after she accused him of sexual misconduct.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal’s court, which recorded statements of seven witnesses, including Akbar’s, summonedRamani.
MJ Akbar defamation case: Time to tell our side of the story, says journalist Priya Ramani after court summons
Ramani, who accused Akbar of sexual misconduct 20 years ago when he was a journalist, took to Twitter to react after the court summoned her for February 25.
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media during #MeToo campaign.
However, sources in the ministry said Akbar is not at all associated with the event and that the booklet was published in May last year, months before he quit as minister.
Former union minister MJ Akbar filed a private criminal defamation complaint in court against Priya Ramani after his name cropped up in connection with the #MeToo Movement.
Court records statements of three witnesses in defamation complaint by MJ Akbar against scribe Priya Ramani
The three witnesses -- Tapan Chaki, Manjar Ali and Rachna Grover -- who were associated with Akbar earlier deposed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal.
During the height of the #MeToo campaign, Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago, a charge which was denied by him.
#MeToo: MJ Akbar's reputation destroyed due to Priya Ramani's allegation, former colleague tells Delhi court
Joyeeta Basu, the editor of Sunday Guardian, who appeared as a witness, told the court that Ramani posted all her tweets "intentionally with a purpose to harm" Akbar's "reputation and goodwill".