Delhi Court asks for settlement in MJ Akbar defamation case against Priya Ramani


Delhi Court asks Advocates appearing for parties for possibility of settlement in defamation case against Journalist Priya Ramani.

Court observed that Akbar’s criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani is compoundable in nature and asks counsel appearing for him, “is there any scope of compromise?”

Advocate Bhavook Chauhan appearing for Priya Ramani pointed out any such possibility and replied that he did not think the matter can be compounded due to facts related to the case being peculiar. However, the court suggested the senior counsels talk to each other and inform if there is any possibility for settlement.

Earlier on 10th of November, M J Akbar to Delhi court: Priya Ramani’s allegations were defamatory

Court after hearing the brief submission listed the matter for further hearing on November 24. During the hearing today, the court also suggested that the matter can be taken up on a day-to-day basis.

MJ Akbar, a BJP leader and former Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, had filed a defamation case against the journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct.

MJAkbar was Union Minister at that time on October 17, 2018, resigned as the union minister after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.