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Social media trial unacceptable: Akbar in defamation case

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A trial by social media is unacceptable in a rustic which follows rule of regulation, former Union minister M J Akbar — who has filed a prison defamation case in opposition to journalist Priya Ramani over allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment — informed a Delhi courtroom via his legal professionals on Saturday.
Akbar has sued Ramani over allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment. With a number of different girls making comparable allegations in opposition to him, Akbar resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs in October 2018.
The submissions have been made by senior advocate Geeta Luthra on behalf of Akbar earlier than Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey. Her rebuttal couldn’t be accomplished and will likely be heard once more on January 27.

Luthra started by telling the courtroom {that a} journalist doesn’t have particular privileges. “Press council says you have to be responsible. There are judgments that say you cannot have a parallel trial. Here there is just a trial…by a person on social media. It is unacceptable in a country ruled by rule of law. Fair comment does not extend to defamatory comments,” Luthra informed the courtroom.
On Ramani’s witnesses, Luthra informed the courtroom that Niloufer Venkatraman was an witness and Ghazala Wahab gave a model of a narrative which was “unconnected to the present case”.
While discussing Niloufer’s testimony, Luthra informed the courtroom the sexual harassment incident was stated to be from November-December 1993, and Nilofer stated it was December 1993. “There is improvement. Both people have photographic memory but don’t remember the day,” Luthra informed the courtroom.

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