The hearing of MJ Akbar's criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani began afresh on Friday before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra K Pandey. The case had been from Judge Vishal Pahuja.
Hearing in MJ Akbar's criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani to begin before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra K Pandey.
Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Ramani, recounted all the previous submissions before the court.
She laid before the court that Ramani’s tweets and article were “the truth, in public good and made in good faith”. “Incident[s] of sexual harassment touches upon a public question. It can never be held that such disclosure is not for public good, public interest.” She also said that there was a deliberate misreading of Ramani’s Vogue and that Akbar had not "come to court with clean hands".
You are trying to gain an unfair advantage over the other side. The failure of Mr Akbar in mentioning the allegations by other women, and pretending that only Ramani's statement defamed him.. Mr Akbar has not come to court with clean hands and failed a fraud on the court : John