#MJAkbarCase: Defamation charge framed against journalist Priya Ramani
A Delhi court today framed defamation charge against journalist Priya Ramani in a case filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar after she leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against him. Ramani, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, however, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. Last October, Ramani had written an article for Vogue where she mentioned about an editor's advances.
Akbar, who resigned as the Union minister last October 17, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India. Akbar has since denied the charges leveled by Ramani. The court listed the matter for hearing on May 4 and also granted a permanent exemption to Ramani from personal appearance.