A Delhi court on Tuesday asked senior journalist Priya Ramani, accused by former Union minister MJ Akbar of defamation, to appear before it on February 25. It issued a summons to her as an accused.
Priya Ramani and other women have accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct. In the wake of these allegations — and during a #MeToo uprising in India — he resigned as a Union Minister of State for external affairs on October 17, 2018.
He filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Priya Ramani.
On January 22, the Delhi court had reserved its order on whether to summon Priya Ramani as an accused in the defamation case.
MJ Akbar has told the court that “immediate damage” has been caused to him due to the “scurrilous”, concocted and false allegations of sexual misconduct.
He has called the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing”.
“Rather than engage with the serious allegations that many women have made against him,” Priya Ramani has said of MJ Akbar, “he seeks to silence them through intimidation and harassment”.