Former union minister MJ Akbar on Monday advised a courtroom right here that journalist Priya Ramani known as him ‘media’s largest sexual predator’ with none investigation or foundation.Akbar made the submission by senior advocate Geeta Luthra throughout the ultimate listening to in a felony defamation grievance filed by him towards Ramani for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct 20 years again.
Ramani had made allegation of sexual misconduct towards Akbar within the wake of #MeToo motion in 2018.
Luthra referred to Ramani’s tweet which accued Akbar of being media’s largest sexual predator.
“If we have a look at what has been mentioned, a conclusion is drawn that this can be a predator. On what foundation? All these averments (within the article) are primarily based with none investigation or foundation,” she submitted earlier than Further Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Ravindra Kumar.
She additional learn Ramani’s “untimely tweet” on Akbar’s resignation. “This had additional tweets. In my (Akbar) cross examination I requested if this was not right. He resigned later is wholly immaterial. This exhibits malafide, maliciousness.
“That is trial exterior the courtroom. Due course of is in a courtroom of legislation. One can not turn out to be legislation onto oneself. This (the tweet) was incorrect,” she mentioned.
The senior advocate additional accused Ramani of not telling the reality earlier than the courtroom.
“I requested did you difficulty any corrigendum. She mentioned sure. I mentioned present. She mentioned I might present on the subsequent date. This was not needed. She knew she had not issued any corrigendum.
“She says her protection is reality however she is aware of it isn’t the reality. Solely in cross examination she says it was not the reality. It exhibits her credibility as a witness,” Luthra mentioned.
She additional mentioned, “Can folks repeat one thing incorrect? Repeating of lies by 10 individuals doesn’t turn out to be the reality. Being a journalist, she might have independently verified. That is how accountable journalism works.” “A blatantly false, incorrect assertion was made to courtroom and a blatantly false protection was taken,” she mentioned.
The courtroom will additional resume the listening to on January 7.
Akbar had filed the felony defamation grievance towards Ramani in October 15, 2018.
He resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.
Akbar had earlier advised the courtroom that Ramani had defamed him by calling him with adjectives akin to ‘media’s largest predator’ that harmed his status.
He has denied all of the allegations of sexual harassment towards the ladies who got here ahead throughout #MeToo marketing campaign towards him.
Over 20 ladies got here up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by Akbar whereas they had been working as journalists below him.
He termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and mentioned he was taking applicable authorized motion towards them.