#MeToo: Priya Ramani’s allegations false, MJ Akbar tells Delhi court

Former union minister M J Akbar on Saturday reiterated before a Delhi court that the allegations of sexual misconduct made by journalist Priya Ramani against him were “fabricated and false”.

Akbar made the submission before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar through senior advocate Geeta Luthra during the final hearing in a criminal complaint filed by him against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago.

Ramani had made the allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in 2018 during the #MeToo movement.

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Luthra said that Ramani removing the tweet when the matter was sub-judice was (in) bad faith.

You (Ramani) cant make allegations on social media without any care and caution or responsibility after 20-30 years, she said.

She added that after first saying that Akbar didnt do anything, you call him medias biggest predator.

Luthra argued that Ramani had raised contradictory defence.

You didnt feel the requirement of evidence of landline record, hotel, petrol receipt, CCTV. It (Ramanis claim of Akbars sexual misconduct in a hotel) is complete hearsay, fabricated and false, Luthra said She said that Nilofer, Ramanis friend and a key witness in the case, was not an eyewitness.

The court will further hear the matter on  January 27.

Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani on October 15, 2018. He resigned as union minister on October 17, 2018.

Akbar had earlier told the court that Ramani had defamed him by calling him with adjectives such as “medias biggest predator” that harmed his reputation.

He has denied all the allegations of sexual harassment he faced from the women who came forward during the #MeToo campaign.

Over 20 women came up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by Akbar while they were working as journalists under him.

He termed the allegations false, fabricated and deeply distressing and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.


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