FORMER UNION Minister M J Akbar, who has filed a felony defamation case towards journalist Priya Ramani over allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, via his legal professionals instructed a Delhi court docket on Thursday that Ramani’s legal professionals constructed an “imaginary story in their defence”.
The submissions have been made by senior advocate Geeta Luthra on behalf of Akbar earlier than Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey. Her rebuttal couldn’t be accomplished and might be heard once more on January 18.
Luthra instructed the court docket, “They have built an imaginary story in their defence. They say Vogue article has two parts and only the first part pertains to M J Akbar. There is no credit, attribution in the second part.” She was referring to Ramani’s article within the mazagine by which she wrote about alleged sexual harassment at office.
Later, with a number of different girls making related allegations towards him, Akbar resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs in October 2018.
On Ramani’s tweet with respect to his resignation, Luthra instructed the court docket, “I have shown her contradictions. In notice, cross examination of Mr Akbar, she says it’s the truth. Then she says there is no enquiry. What is the sense of responsibility? She’s saying as if it was a victory. But it’s not victory, it’s vindictiveness.”