Former Union Minister MJ Akbar on Thursday stated earlier than a Delhi court docket that there was no assembly between him and journalist Priya Ramani within the resort the place she alleges that he sexually misbehaved together with her.
MJ Akbar made the submission through the closing listening to of a prison defamation criticism filed by him in opposition to Ms Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct 20 years in the past when he was a journalist.
Ms Ramani had made the allegation of sexual misconduct in opposition to MJ Akbar within the wake of #MeToo motion in 2018.
Senior advocate Geeta Luthra, showing for MJ Akbar, stated: The second a gathering is denied, additional questions usually are not warranted. None of the recommendations are warranted. The assembly within the resort is denied.
What a part of the incident has not been addressed? They say complainant has prevented the assembly. When I (Akbar) have denied it, the place is the difficulty of not addressing.
She stated that when MJ Akbar has denied the assembly, there cannot be a query of whether or not couch was blue or pink… Completely deceptive to say that I did not handle .
You (Ramani) have not proved any date, resort register, CCTV or ticket of entry in automobile parking. You have not proved something, she added.
Ms Luthra additional stated delayed allegations usually are not permissible in a court docket of regulation.
Principles of rule of regulation and pure justice say that you just can not make averments on a social media portal some 30-40 years later and inform an individual that that is what occurred. It needs to be accountable and with proof. Delay defeats the ends of justice,” she said.
Ms Ramani had earlier said that she made the allegations in 2018 as there was a global movement where women from all walks of life were calling out the persons who sexually assaulted them in the past.
The hearing remained inconclusive and the court will resume the proceedings on January 4.
MJ Akbar had earlier advised the court docket that Ms Ramani ought to have taken recourse to regulation as a substitute of constructing allegation of sexual misconduct in opposition to him on social media.
Ms Ramani had earlier stated her allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to MJ Akbar have been her reality and have been made in public good.
She disputed MJ Akbar’s claims of getting a stellar repute that had been tarnished by her allegation .
MJ Akbar had filed the prison defamation criticism in opposition to Ms Ramani in October 15, 2018.
He had resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.
MJ Akbar had earlier advised the court docket that Ms Ramani had defamed him by calling him with adjectives comparable to ‘media’s greatest predator’ that harmed his repute.
He has denied all of the allegations of sexual harassment in opposition to the ladies who got here ahead throughout #MeToo marketing campaign in opposition to him.
Over 20 girls got here up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by MJ Akbar him whereas they have been working as journalists beneath him.
He termed the allegations false, fabricated and deeply distressing and stated he was taking acceptable authorized motion in opposition to them.
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