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Court Asks MJ Akbar, Priya Ramani’s Lawyers To Check Scope Of Settlement

The court docket listed the matter for additional listening to on November 24 (File)

New Delhi:

A Delhi court docket on Saturday requested the counsels showing for former Union Minister MJ Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani if there was any scope for settlement between the 2 within the ongoing defamation case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey of the Rouse Avenue court docket noticed that MJ Akbar’s prison defamation case in opposition to Priya Ramani was compoundable in nature and requested, “is there any scope of compromise?”

Advocate Bhavook Chauhan, representing Priya Ramani, replied that he didn’t suppose the matter might be compounded attributable to information associated to the case being peculiar. However, the court docket urged the senior counsels discuss to one another and inform if there was any chance for settlement.

The last argument was earlier heard by then ACMM Vishal Pahuja, who has now been transferred. Thereafter, ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey started listening to the ultimate argument and requested MJ Akbar’s counsel and Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra to make a short submission right now.

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Advocate Geeta Luthra, showing for MJ Akbar, advised the court docket that Ms Ramani had made derogatory allegations in opposition to him in an article, which tarnished and lowered her shopper’s repute.

After listening to the temporary submission, the court docket listed the matter for additional listening to on November 24. During the listening to right now, the court docket additionally urged that the matter might be taken up on a day-to-day foundation.

MJ Akbar, the previous Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, had filed a defamation case in opposition to the journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct. He had on October 17, 2018, resigned because the union minister after his title cropped up on social media because the #MeToo marketing campaign raged on in India.

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