M.J. Akbar defamation case: court reserves order

New Delhi: A Delhi court Tuesday reserved for January 29 its order on whether to summon journalist Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by former union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal reserved the order after listening to arguments from Akbar’s lawyer, who said a prima facie case was made out against Ramani.

Akbar, who resigned as Union Minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ms. Ramani after his name cropped up on social media when he was in Nigeria as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.

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