Me Too: Timeline of events in Priya Ramani-MJ Akbar case
New Delhi, Feb 17: The following is the timeline of M J Akbar's criminal defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani for her allegations of sexual harassment against him in which Delhi court acquitted her.
Here's the timeline:
Oct 8, 2018: Ramani names Akbar in a tweet with a reference to a 2017 Vogue India article she had written titled "To the Harvey Weinsteins of the World".
Oct 15: Akbar files criminal defamation complaint before Delhi court.
Oct 17: Akbar resigns as Union minister.
Jan 29, 2019: Delhi court summons Ramani as accused in the case.
Feb 25: Delhi court grants bail to Ramani.
Feb 7, 2020: Court starts hearing final arguments in the case.
Sep 19: Judge hearing the case seeks transfer of the matter to another court on the ground that his court was designated to hear cases filed against lawmakers.
Oct 22: District judge refuses to transfer the case to another court and sends it back to the magistrate who was hearing the matter.
Nov 18: Judge hearing the case transferred.
Nov 21: New judge starts hearing afresh the final arguments in the case.
Feb 1, 2021: Court reserves the verdict after both the parties complete their final arguments.
Feb 10: Judgment adjourned to Feb 17 due to late submission of written submissions.
Feb 17: Ramani acquitted, court dismisses the complaint filed by Akbar saying that no charges were proved against her.