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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.
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)
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)

Akbar’s lawyers may rely on part of judgment in appeal

By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 12:29 AM IST
Experts said Akbar’s legal team could focus on the judgment’s comment on the content being defamatory in an appeal
"Priya Ramani's courage as well as that of a key defence witness and journalist, Ghazala Wahab, in testifying against Mr Akbar has been characterised as vindication of the #MeToo movement in India, but it is much more than that," the women's press body said.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
"Priya Ramani's courage as well as that of a key defence witness and journalist, Ghazala Wahab, in testifying against Mr Akbar has been characterised as vindication of the #MeToo movement in India, but it is much more than that," the women's press body said.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

Ramani's acquittal in defamation case vindication of women journalists: IWPC

PTI |
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 01:58 PM IST
Ramani had made allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018. Akbar had filed the complaint against Ramani on October 15, 2018 for allegedly defaming him.
A New Delhi court acquitted Ramani of criminal defamation after she accused a former editor-turned-politician and junior external affairs minister of sexual harassment. M.J. Akbar, now 70, filed a case against Ramani in Oct. 2018, denying the allegations as “false, baseless and wild.”(AP)
A New Delhi court acquitted Ramani of criminal defamation after she accused a former editor-turned-politician and junior external affairs minister of sexual harassment. M.J. Akbar, now 70, filed a case against Ramani in Oct. 2018, denying the allegations as “false, baseless and wild.”(AP)

Journalist Priya Ramani acquitted in defamation case

By Richa banka, Dhamini Ratnam, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 11:12 AM IST
Shortly after the verdict, delivered at Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court, Ramani said it would “encourage more women to speak up”.
Kishori Pednekar, Mumbai Mayor. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Kishori Pednekar, Mumbai Mayor. (Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

News updates from HT: Mumbai mayor asks train passengers to take precaution

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:00 PM IST
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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.
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)
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)

Priya Ramani acquitted in MJ Akbar defamation case

By Richa banka | Edited by Prashasti Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 05:07 PM IST
The verdict, which was earlier expected to be pronounced at 2pm, was delayed after the judge said his judgement needed corrections.
Ramani had made allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Ramani had made allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #MeToo movement in 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Delhi court likely to pronounce verdict on MJ Akbar defamation case on Tuesday

PTI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:33 PM IST
Akbar had filed the complaint against Ramani on October 15, 2018 for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago when he was a journalist.
Former union minister M J Akbar has denied all the allegations of sexual harassment he faced from the women who came forward during the #MeToo campaign.(PTI File Photo)
Former union minister M J Akbar has denied all the allegations of sexual harassment he faced from the women who came forward during the #MeToo campaign.(PTI File Photo)

Akbar reiterates Ramani's allegations of sexual misconduct false

PTI | , New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:52 PM IST
Ramani had made the allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in 2018 during the #MeToo movement.
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
Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in October 15, 2018. He resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ramani in October 15, 2018. He resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

#MeToo: Court asks MJ Akbar, Ramani if there is scope of settlement in defamation case

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:43 PM IST
Akbar had filed the complaint against Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.
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.
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.
Priya Ramani said her move would empower women to speak up and make them understand their rights at workplace.(HT Photo)
Priya Ramani said her move would empower women to speak up and make them understand their rights at workplace.(HT Photo)

‘Disclosures at great personal cost’: Priya Ramani to court on MJ Akbar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 07:56 PM IST
Journalist Priya Ramani had accused M J Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.
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.
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.
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)
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)

‘Priya Ramani’s allegations defamatory, mala fide’: MJ Akbar tells Delhi court

New Delhi | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2019 05:54 PM IST
The court was hearing the defamation case against Ramani filed by the former Minister of State for External Affairs, who is now with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.(Twitter/Priya Ramani)
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.(Twitter/Priya Ramani)

Court frames defamation charge against Priya Ramani in case filed by MJ Akbar; journalist pleads not guilty

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2019 11:04 AM IST
Ramani, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, however, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
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.
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”.
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.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar(PTI File Photo)
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar(PTI File Photo)

#MeToo: Prakash Javadekar says women should be treated well everywhere, not just at workplaces

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2018 12:12 AM IST
Javadekar, however, refused to comment on the resignation of his cabinet colleague MJ Akbar following a series of sexual harassment allegations against him.
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