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Delhi court to hear MJ Akbar’s defamation case on November 10

Akbar resigned as Union Minister on October 17, 2018. Akbar had earlier told the court that Ramani had defamed him that harmed his overall reputation.    

Published: 03rd November 2020 07:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd November 2020 07:39 AM   |  A+A-

Former Union Minister MJ Akbar

Former Union Minister MJ Akbar (Photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court will resume on November 10 the hearing of final arguments in the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union minister M J Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja, who had earlier sent the matter to Principal District and Sessions Judge seeking its transfer to another court, fixed the date for hearing after both the parties appeared before him, Akbar’s advocate Sandeep Kapur said.    

District and Sessions Judge Sujata Kohli had on October 22 sent the matter back to the ACMM. The ACMM, who had started hearing the final arguments in the case on February 7 this year, had sent the matter to District and Sessions judge, saying the case in hand was not filed against MP or MLA and needs to be transferred to the “Competent Court of Jurisdiction”.

Pahuja had said the court of ACMM was designated to try the cases filed against the lawmakers by a circular passed on February 23, 2018, and since this case was ‘not filed against MP/MLA’, he was marking the matter to Principal District and Sessions Judge to consider re-assigning the case to another Metropolitan Magistrate. Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in March 2018.    

In the wake of #MeToo movement, Ramani in 2018 accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.  Akbar resigned as Union Minister on October 17, 2018. Akbar had earlier told the court that Ramani had defamed him that harmed his overall reputation.    

(With PTI inputs)



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