Delhi’s Patiala House Court today issued summons to journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in connection with MJ Akbar’s defamation case. The court has asked her to appear on February 25, which happens to be the next date of hearing.
Earlier on January 22, the Patiala House court had reserved the order until January 29, on whether to summon Priya Ramani as an accused in former Union Minister’s defamation case.
It may be recalled that last year on October 8, Ramani first named the editor-turned politician in a Twitter post, which forced Akbar to resign from Narendra Modi’s cabinet, on October 18. She accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.
Akbar’s name had surfaced on the social media, when he was in Nigeria last year, as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India. Several women journalists, former colleagues of Akbar, came out accusing sexual harassment by him, when he was a journalist.
However, Akbar denied all such allegations and terms as false, fabricated and deeply distressing. He also said he was taking appropriate legal action against him.
Meanwhile, Ramani had on earlier occasion expressed her willingness to fight the defamation allegations. “Rather than engage with the serious allegations that many women have made against him, he seeks to silence them through intimidation and harassment,” she added.