Priya Ramani gets bail in MJ Akbar’s defamation suit

Senior journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused former Union minister MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct during his time as a media personality, was granted bail today by a Delhi court, in connection with a defamation case filed by him.

he Patiala House Court granted her bail on a personal bail bond of Rs 10,000, while hearing a criminal defamation case filed against her by former Union minister MJ Akbar over the #MeToo row.

Ramani was among several women who accused Akbar, forcing him to resign from the Cabinet in October last year. Reacting to the developments, Ramani said: “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 severe nature of accusations resulted in MJ Akbar not only resigning from the Union cabinet but also subsequently filing a criminal defamation case against Ramani. The accounts of women continued to pour even after Akbar had filed the defamation case and men, who had worked in the newspapers he edited, also came out in support of the women.

The Editors Guild of India had earlier suspended Akbar from membership until the defamation case he had filed against Ramani came to its logical conclusion. “A majority of our executive committee members suggested that the membership of Mr Akbar be suspended,” a statement issued by the media body read.

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