On Wednesday, a Delhi Court acquitted former journalist Priya Ramani in former Union minister MJ Akbar’s defamation case against her for her allegations of sexual harassment and said a woman has right to voice her grievance even after several years.
The verdict, which was earlier expected to be pronounced at 2pm, was delayed after the judge said his judgement needed corrections.
In 2018, Ramani had made allegation of sexual misconduct against Akbar in the wake of #Metoo movement. According to the former journalist, in December 1993, Akbar sexually harassed her when she was called to a Mumbai hotel for a job interview.
The allegations against Akbar had forced him to resign from the Union Cabinet on October 17, 2018. Before resigning, he had filed a complaint against Ramani on October 15 for allegedly defaming him.
Senior advocate Rebecca John was appearing for Ramani