Defamation case: Delhi High Court accepts MJ Akbar’s appeal on Priya Ramani’s acquittal

The Delhi High Court on Thursday accepted the appeal filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar against the trial court’s order acquitting journalist Priya Ramani in a defamation case filed against him in connection with the sexual harassment allegations against him.

Akbar had filed a defamation suit against Ramani in 2018 after she accused him of sexual harassment. The trial court had acquitted Ramani in the case on February 17 last year. In the criminal defamation case against Ramani, Akbar had accused him of damaging his reputation through tweets and published articles.

Representing Akbar on Thursday before a bench of Justice Mukta Gupta, senior advocate Rajeev Nair said at the beginning of the hearing that the first appeal may be allowed and a date may be fixed for its consideration. The court held that the appeal should be allowed and the complainant has the right to file an appeal.