Priya Ramani acquittal: Delhi HC admits Akbar's plea

Priya Ramani acquittal: Delhi HC admits Akbar's plea
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One-liner: The Delhi High Court on Thursday agreed to examine former Union Minister M J Akbar's appeal against the trial court order acquitting journalist Priya Ramani in his criminal defamation case.

Need to know: The case pertains to her allegations of sexual harassment by the journalist turned politician.

Time sought: A lawyer appeared for Ramani before the court and sought time to file a response to Akbar's plea. He said that submissions have to be made on the aspect of leave to appeal.

  • A senior advocate, representing Akbar, submitted that he was not seeking any interim order in the matter as his plea challenged an acquittal and urged the court to admit the appeal

Right to file an appeal: The judge stated that the complainant has the right to file an appeal and admitted the same.

On the other side: In his appeal, Akbar has contended that the trial court decided his criminal defamation case on the basis of surmises and conjectures and as though it was a case of sexual harassment.

Trial court gravely erred: Akbar has also claimed that the trial court gravely erred in observing that he did not have a stellar reputation and has ignored the well-established principles of criminal jurisprudence.

  • Akbar has challenged the trial court's Feb 17, 2021, order acquitting Ramani in the case on grounds that a woman has the right to put grievances before any platform of her choice even after decades

Complaint dismissed: The trial court had dismissed the complaint filed by Akbar, saying no charges were proved against Ramani.

Not proved: It had said it was of the view that the case of Akbar regarding commission of an offence punishable under IPC Section 500 (punishment for the offence of defamation) against Ramani is not proved and she is acquitted for it.

Background: Ramani had made allegations of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of the #MeToo movement in 2018.

Bottom line: Akbar had filed the complaint against Ramani on Oct 15, 2018, for allegedly defaming him by accusing him of sexual misconduct decades ago.

  • He resigned as a Union minister on Oct 17, 2018, in the aftermath of sexual misconduct allegations 

Source: PTI

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