A Delhi court today took cognisance of the offence in the criminal defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar, against journalist Priya Ramani, who has accused him of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago. The court has fixed the matter for recording Akbar’s statement on October 31.
The court said that it has taken cognisance of the offence under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code. Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal considered the submissions of senior advocate Geeta Luthra, representing Akbar, who referred to various tweets of Ramani to allege that they have caused irreparable damage to the reputation of the former minister.
Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, representing Akbar, referred to Ramani’s tweets in her arguments before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal. Luthra alleged that they have caused irreparable damage to the reputation of the former minister. Akbar has resigned due to these allegations and they show the damage caused to his reputation, his lawyer argued.
Luthra referred to the Akbar’s reputation as a journalist and asked the court to take cognisance of his complaint, saying the allegations have caused irreparable loss to his reputation built over 40 years. Akbar had filed the case against Ramani on Monday, seeking her prosecution under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC for defamation.