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MJ Akbar files defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani

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New Delhi, Oct 15: Union Minister MJ Akbar Monday filed a criminal defamation case in Delhi's Patiala House Court against journalist Priya Ramani, through his advocates Karanjawala & Co.

Union Minister MJ Akbar. PTI file photo

He had issued a statement denying allegations of sexual harassment against him and said had that he would take legal action. 

MJ Akbar, who arrived from Nigeria, dodged calls for his resignation and said allegations of sexual harassment against him were "false, fabricated and deeply distressing".

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MJ Akbar said, "Pertinent to remember Priya Ramani and Ghazala Wahab kept working with me even after these alleged incidents. It clearly establishes they had no apprehension and discomfort. The reason, why they remained silent for decades, is very apparent, as Ms Ramani has herself stated, I never did anything."

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Hinting a political vendetta, he said "Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation and goodwill."

M J Akbar at his residence

M J Akbar at his residence

Union minister M J Akbar (L), who is facing allegations of sexual harassment by a number of women journalists, at his residence in New Delhi, Sunday, Oct 14, 2018. (PTI Photo

Police detain Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress members

Police detain Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress members

Police detain Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress members during a protest against MoS for External Affairs, M J Akbar for his sexual misconduct and harassment of journalist, in New Delhi, Monday, Oct 15, 2018. (PTI Photo

Youth Congress members protest

Youth Congress members protest

Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress members protest against MoS for External Affairs, M J Akbar for his sexual misconduct and harassment of journalist, in New Delhi, Monday, Oct 15, 2018. (PTI Photo

Protest against NJ Akbar

Protest against NJ Akbar

Police detain members of Delhi Pradesh Youth Congress during a protest against MoS for External Affairs, M J Akbar for his sexual misconduct and harassment of journalist, in New Delhi, Monday, Oct 15, 2018. PTI Photo

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