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Former Union Minister MJ Akbar is presently being cross examined in the Court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in connection with his defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani.
Ramani had pleaded not guilty in the case initiated by Akbar back in October 2018.
Akbar approached the Patiala House Court under Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code, terming the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him as “false, frivolous, unjustifiable and scandalous”.
Senior Advocate Rebecca John is representing Priya Ramani. Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra and Advocate Sandeep Kapur (Senior Partner, Karanjawala & Co) are appearing for MJ Akbar.
This is the second round of cross-examination. Read an account of the first round on May 4 here.
Rebecca John: you have made ideological u-turns several times during your career as a politician…which suggests your political opportunism.
MJ Akbar: It is wrong to suggest so.
Rebecca John: Delhi High Court issued a contempt notice to you in 2003 when you were editor in chief of The Asian Age for deliberate false reporting of court proceedings.
MJ Akbar: I do not remember.