The Hush Post|11:30 am|1-min-read
On Wednesday, the Delhi court framed defamation charge against journalist Priya Ramani in a case filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual harassment against him. However, Ramani, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
On February 25, she was given bail. After getting the bail, she told the reporters, “The next date when they will frame the charges against me is April 10. After that it will be my turn to tell my story. The truth is my defence.”
The court will hear the case next on May 4. It also granted permanent exemption to Ramani from personal appearance.
Akbar, who resigned as union minister on October 17 last year, filed a criminal defamation complaint against Ramani.
Priya Ramani was the first among a number of women who accused him of sexual misconduct during his time as a media personality.
MJ Akbar’s legal team had told the court that Priya Ramani damaged his reputation by levelling “false, wild and baseless allegations.”