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Chronology of events in Akbar’s defamation case against scribe Priya Ramani

 M J Akbar

New Delhi:The following is the chronology of events in which a Delhi court Tuesday summoned scribe Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

  • Oct 15, 2018: Akbar files a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Ramani who had levelled against him charges of sexual misconduct, when he was a journalist 20 years ago, in the #MeToo campaign.
  • Oct 17: Akbar steps down as Minister of State for External Affairs after several other women allege him of sexual misconduct.
  • Oct 18: Court takes cognisance of Akbar’s complaint and fixes it for recording of his statement.
  • Oct 31: Akbar appears before court to record his statement, calls allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him “scurrilous”, concocted and false.
  • Nov 12: Joyeeta Basu, the editor of Sunday Guardian and former colleague of Akbar, tells court that Ramani posted all her tweets “intentionally with a purpose to harm” Akbar’s “reputation and goodwill”.
  • Dec 7: Akbar’s two former colleagues, Sunil Gujral and Veenu Sandal depose as witnesses in support of defamation case filed by Akbar.
  • Jan 11, 2019: Tapan Chaki, Manjar Ali and Rachna Grover, who were associated with Akbar earlier record statements in support of case filed by Akbar.
  • Jan 22: Court reserves for January 29 its order on whether to summon Ramani as an accused in the defamation case.
  • Jan 29: Court summons Ramani to appear on February 25.



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