#MeToo: MJ Akbar files criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani

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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 15: Union Minister MJ Akbar on Monday filed a criminal defamation case in Delhi’s Patiala House court against journalist Priya Ramani who, among over 10 other women, had accused him of sexual harassment, PTI reported. The Minister filed the legal suit through his Advocates Karanjawala and Co. a day after he released his first official statement over the alleged charges of sexual harassment on him.
In a statement released on Sunday evening, Akbar dismissed the allegations of inappropriate behaviour, sexual harassment, and molestation against him as “false and fabricated”, and said he would take “appropriate legal action” against his accusers.
Akbar, who returned to the country Sunday after an official tour lasting several days, said in a statement that the “allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice”, and asked: “Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge.” (Courtesy: IE)