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Akbar Case: Ramani Says His Revelations Were “Public Good” | India News


NEW DELHI: Journalist Priya Ramani, through her lawyer, admitted on Wednesday to tweeting and writing the article that became the basis of the defamation case brought by former Union Minister MJ Akbar but “vehemently” denied damaging his reputation, for his disclosures “were made in good faith and for the public good.”
Akbar had filed a defamation case in 2018 claiming that Ramani’s “allegations” were seen and read by various people online and he received numerous calls from friends and colleagues in the media and the political sphere. Having reportedly suffered “great humiliation” and his reputation “seriously damaged”, he had requested court intervention.
The closing arguments stage had been resumed once again, stemming from Ramani’s statements related to sexual harassment, due to the recent appointment of a new judge.
When appearing before Metropolitan Additional Chief Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey, Chief Defender Rebecca John argued on Ramani’s behalf. Lead counsel explained how the offense of defamation under IPC Section 499 was subject to three special exceptions relevant to this case.
John said: “It is not defamation to impute something that is true about a person if it is for the public good… If the allegation of sexual harassment is in good faith and to the public it is not defamation. It is not defamation if the accusation relates to something that touches a public issue. ”
The lawyer maintained that the three tweets and an article in question were published by her client.

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