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Ramani was the first in a long list of female journalists to accuse MJ Akbar, a journalist-turned-politician, of sexual harassment.(PTI file photo)

MJ Akbar moves Delhi High Court against acquittal of Priya Ramani

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 25, 2021 03:59 AM IST
A single judge bench of justice Mukta Gupta will hear Akbar’s petition that has challenged the February 17 decision of a city court, clearing Ramani of defamation charges for her allegations of sexual harassment against him.
File photo of senior journalist Priya Ramani.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
File photo of senior journalist Priya Ramani.(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

MJ Akbar defamation case: Judge quotes Mahabharata, Ramayana

Reported by Richa banka | Written by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 04:01 PM IST
Priya Ramani was acquitted by the Delhi court today in the MJ Akbar defamation case.
MJ Akbar, the former Minister of State for External Affairs, had filed a defamation case against the journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct.(HT Photo)
MJ Akbar, the former Minister of State for External Affairs, had filed a defamation case against the journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct.(HT Photo)

Delhi court to pronounce verdict in MJ Akbar's defamation case on Feb 17

ANI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 06:20 PM IST
The court, which was set to pronounce the judgement today, will now pronounce the verdict in the case on February 17.
Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in October 15, 2018..(PTI File Photo)
Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in October 15, 2018..(PTI File Photo)

#MeToo: Priya Ramani called me predator without any basis, MJ Akbar tells court

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:43 PM IST
Akbar had earlier told the court that Ramani had defamed him by calling him with adjectives such as ‘media’s biggest predator’ that harmed his reputation.
MJ Akbar and Priya Ramani both stated that they were not keen to initiate any in the ongoing criminal defamation complaint filed by the former Union minister against the journalist(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
MJ Akbar and Priya Ramani both stated that they were not keen to initiate any in the ongoing criminal defamation complaint filed by the former Union minister against the journalist(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

MJ Akbar, Priya Ramani reject settlement

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 06:34 AM IST
Both Mj Akbar’s and Priya Ramani’s lawyers had completed their final arguments in the case and the order had yet to be reserved
Former minister of state for external affairs, Akbar had filed a defamation case against Ramani.(PTI photo)
Former minister of state for external affairs, Akbar had filed a defamation case against Ramani.(PTI photo)

Delhi court to decide on transfer of MJ Akbar’s defamation case against Priya Ramani on Thursday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Niyati Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 08:27 PM IST
On October 17, 2018, Akbar resigned as Union minister of State for External Affairs after he was named in the #MeToo movement that created a storm on social media.
MJ Akbar, who resigned as union minister, at Patiala House Courts in New Delhi, Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018. Akbar filed a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani who recently levelled charges of sexual misconduct against him as the #MeToo campaign raged in India.(PTI)
MJ Akbar, who resigned as union minister, at Patiala House Courts in New Delhi, Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018. Akbar filed a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani who recently levelled charges of sexual misconduct against him as the #MeToo campaign raged in India.(PTI)

MJ Akbar versus Priya Ramani: Case shifted to district and sessions court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON OCT 14, 2020 05:34 AM IST
Directing that the complete file of the Akbar versus Ramani case be sent to the principal district and sessions judge, the ACMM said that “further appropriate orders” could be expected on Wednesday. Akbar filed a defamation suit in 2018 after Ramani made an allegation of sexual misconduct against him.
Ramani’s allegation pertained to the time when Akbar purportedly interviewed her in 1993 for a reporter’s position while he was the editor of Asian Age newspaper.(PTI file photo)
Ramani’s allegation pertained to the time when Akbar purportedly interviewed her in 1993 for a reporter’s position while he was the editor of Asian Age newspaper.(PTI file photo)

Defamation case: Ramani seeks acquittal, says freedom of speech intrinsic to a democratic society

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 20, 2020 03:04 AM IST
Former union minister MJ Akbar filed the case under Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code in November 2018 after Ramani made an allegation of sexual misconduct against him on Twitter in October 2018 during the Me Too movement.
Akbar was one of the members who participated in the panel discussion over CAA with European MPs(Courtesy-Twitter-@mjakbar)
Akbar was one of the members who participated in the panel discussion over CAA with European MPs(Courtesy-Twitter-@mjakbar)

MJ Akbar & European parliament MPs discuss CAA in Geneva

Agencies | By Agencies
UPDATED ON FEB 29, 2020 11:48 PM IST
The Chief Imam of India, Umar Ahmed Ilyasi, who is among the first Indian Muslims to support CAA, said “India has the second largest number of Muslims in the world and it is providing equal citizenship for everyone, India is a secular democracy,” he said.
Muhammad Ali Jinnah with MK Gandhi in 1946.(Universal Images Group via Getty)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah with MK Gandhi in 1946.(Universal Images Group via Getty)

Review: Gandhi’s Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah’s Islam by MJ Akbar

Hindustan Times | By K Natwar Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 07:54 PM IST
According to MJ Akbar’s new book, Jinnah was both overestimated and underestimated by Gandhi, Nehru, and Patel
Former minister of state for external affairs, MJ Akbar (left), has said that the sexual harassment allegations against him are “false, fabricated and deeply distressing.(Reuters File)
Former minister of state for external affairs, MJ Akbar (left), has said that the sexual harassment allegations against him are “false, fabricated and deeply distressing.(Reuters File)

Akbar-Priya Ramani defamation case: Journalist gives statement in court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 11, 2019 07:36 AM IST
Ghazala Wahab, in her deposition, alleged that MJ Akbar sexually harassed her on a number of occasions in his office at the Asian Age newspaper in 1997.
Senior journalist Priya Ramani(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Senior journalist Priya Ramani(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Journalist Priya Ramani’s cross examination ends

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2019 03:40 AM IST
The former minister of state for external affairs filed a defamation suit after Ramani accused him of sexual misconduct during an alleged interview in 1993.
Akbar filed a criminal defamation suit against Ramani last year, after she accused him of alleged misconduct during the job interview that evening, while staying at the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Akbar filed a criminal defamation suit against Ramani last year, after she accused him of alleged misconduct during the job interview that evening, while staying at the Oberoi hotel in Mumbai.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Priya Ramani was upset after meeting MJ Akbar, witness testifies

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2019 01:23 AM IST
Ramani, then a recent graduate of journalism, had visited Akbar for an interview in Asian Age, a newspaper of which he was editor at the time.
Akbar’s complaint refers to two tweets written by Ramani on October 8 and 10, 2018.(HT image)
Akbar’s complaint refers to two tweets written by Ramani on October 8 and 10, 2018.(HT image)

Journalist Priya Ramani testifies in Delhi court

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2019 01:43 AM IST
Akbar, who resigned from his position as minister of state for external affairs in November 2018 after a host of women accused him of sexual misconduct during the Me Too movement, filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani last year. He has denied Ramani’s allegations.
The feminist movement has never been about hating men. It was always about equality. Neither is it just one thing that can be easily defined and put into a box. There have been, and will hopefully continue to be as many feminisms as there are feminists(AFP)
The feminist movement has never been about hating men. It was always about equality. Neither is it just one thing that can be easily defined and put into a box. There have been, and will hopefully continue to be as many feminisms as there are feminists(AFP)

Feminism: The fourth wave

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 10:58 PM IST
It has evolved from seeking legal rights to interrogating power
Former minister of state, MJ Akbar refuted allegations of sexual misconduct against him during cross examination in the case.(REUTERS)
Former minister of state, MJ Akbar refuted allegations of sexual misconduct against him during cross examination in the case.(REUTERS)

MJ Akbar refutes allegations of all sexual misconduct

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JUL 06, 2019 10:17 PM IST
MJ Akbar, on Saturday said he had not selectively filed a criminal defamation complaint against journalist Priya Ramani.
MJ.Akbar(REUTERS FILE)
MJ.Akbar(REUTERS FILE)

‘Wrong to suggest Priya Ramani’s tweets were meant to raise awareness on sexual harassment’: MJ Akbar

Kolkata | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 02:04 PM IST
Claiming that he had no intention to target Ramani by filing a defamation case in the matter against her, MJ Akbar said, ‘It is wrong to say that present complaint I filed is false and without merit .’
Former Union Minister MJ Akbar on Saturday appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal for his cross-examination in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani.(REUTERS)
Former Union Minister MJ Akbar on Saturday appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal for his cross-examination in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani.(REUTERS)

MJ Akbar appears for cross-examination in defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2019 11:18 AM IST
The former Union Minister appeared for cross-examination in connection with a defamation case filed by him against journalist Priya Ramani.
Akbar had resigned from his position as minister of state for external affairs in November 2018 after Ramani named him as a harasser.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Akbar had resigned from his position as minister of state for external affairs in November 2018 after Ramani named him as a harasser.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)

‘Don’t remember meeting her in office’: MJ Akbar in case against Priya Ramani

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2019 11:51 PM IST
Former Union minister MJ Akbar was cross-examined for the first time on Saturday in the criminal defamation suit that he filed against journalist Priya Ramani, who accused him of sexual harassment last year.
Priya Ramani gets bail in defamation case filed by MJ Akbar(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Priya Ramani gets bail in defamation case filed by MJ Akbar(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Priya Ramani gets bail in defamation case by MJ Akbar

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2019 11:29 PM IST
Forty-eight-year-old Ramani filed an application before the Patiala House Court to seek exemption from appearance, saying she was a Bengaluru resident and the mother of a young child.
Journalist Priya Ramani after she was granted bail in a defamation filed by former Union minister M J Akbar whom she accused of sexual misconduct.(ANI)
Journalist Priya Ramani after she was granted bail in a defamation filed by former Union minister M J Akbar whom she accused of sexual misconduct.(ANI)

‘Truth my defence’: Priya Ramani gets bail in defamation case by MJ Akbar

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 01:15 PM IST
Priya Ramani had accused M J Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago.
The book was part of a kit handed out to NRI delegates.(HT Photo)
The book was part of a kit handed out to NRI delegates.(HT Photo)

Book with MJ Akbar’s photo distributed at Pravasi Bharatiya event, later withdrawn

Varanasi/New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 22, 2019 12:08 AM IST
People familiar with developments said the book was released by the external affairs ministry many months before Akbar’s resignation.
Former Union minister MJ Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women at various stages of his journalistic career.(REUTERS)
Former Union minister MJ Akbar has been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women at various stages of his journalistic career.(REUTERS)

MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal suspended from Editors Guild of India

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 08:20 PM IST
Office bearers of the Editors Guild of India concurred with the majority view that Akbar should be suspended from the Guild till such time that the court case he has filed is concluded. It has also decided that Tarun Tejpal too should be suspended from the Guild.
MJ Akbar stepped down as minister of state for external affairs in October after journalist Priya Ramani and a number of other women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour at various stages of his journalistic career.(PTI)
MJ Akbar stepped down as minister of state for external affairs in October after journalist Priya Ramani and a number of other women accused him of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour at various stages of his journalistic career.(PTI)

MJ Akbar is a ‘thorough gentleman’: Witness tells court in MeToo case

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 03:31 PM IST
Joyeeta Basu, the editor of Sunday Guardian, said on Monday journalist Priya Ramani posted all her tweets “intentionally with a purpose to harm” former Union minister MJ Akbar’s “reputation and goodwill”.
MJ Akbar or Tarun Tejpal — and whoever comes next — cannot and must not be mythologised as brooding men of intensity with great achievements and a few minor chinks in their armour.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
MJ Akbar or Tarun Tejpal — and whoever comes next — cannot and must not be mythologised as brooding men of intensity with great achievements and a few minor chinks in their armour.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

MJ Akbar is accused of rape. Can we stop talking about his ‘legacy’?

UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 06:48 PM IST
Rape is a criminal offence and one of which the State can take suo motu cognisance
In all the thunder of a furious October have we paused to think about the courage it takes to speak up?(AP)
In all the thunder of a furious October have we paused to think about the courage it takes to speak up?(AP)

The climate is changing. Yet, why does it continue to be so hard for women to speak up?

UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 04:55 PM IST
Courage in a climate where the naysayers mutter about ‘false accusations’ and ‘why she didn’t speak up earlier’, where we shine the spotlight on victims rather than the accused and where we speculate about ulterior motives.
A US-based editor of a leading media house has accused former Union minister M J Akbar of raping her in India 23 years ago.(HT Photo)
A US-based editor of a leading media house has accused former Union minister M J Akbar of raping her in India 23 years ago.(HT Photo)

‘Consensual relationship’: MJ Akbar denies rape charges by US-based journalist

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2018 05:47 PM IST
The latest allegation of rape against former Union minister M J Akbar was levelled against him by Pallavi Gogoi, the chief business editor of National Public Radio (NPR), a Washington-based American media organisation.
As the #MeToo movement gathered momentum at the outset of 2018, it claimed a significant trophy in Canada in January(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
As the #MeToo movement gathered momentum at the outset of 2018, it claimed a significant trophy in Canada in January(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

With #MeToo, the biggest fish in politics will be let off the hook

UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2018 05:02 PM IST
#MeToo, basically, has affected those that are disposable and easily replaceable. For political partisans, when it matters electorally, those allegations have been, if not ignored, deflected
The resignation of minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar might seem like a victory for the #MeToo movement, but it’s far too premature for any celebrations(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The resignation of minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar might seem like a victory for the #MeToo movement, but it’s far too premature for any celebrations(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Not just about #MeToo, it’s also about #WeCount

UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 05:23 PM IST
Now is the time to ask for workplaces that value women and recognise that diversity is not just a nice sounding word
A Delhi court on Thursday took cognizance of a criminal defamation complaint filed by former minister of state (MoS) M J Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani(HT PHOTO)
A Delhi court on Thursday took cognizance of a criminal defamation complaint filed by former minister of state (MoS) M J Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani(HT PHOTO)

Court takes cognizance of MJ Akbar’s complaint, to hear case on Oct 31

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2018 11:59 PM IST
Earlier this week, 20 women journalists released a signed statement asking that the court hear their personal testimonies against Akbar.
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